Bristol City, Bristol City suffer blow in pursuit of Oxford United’s Rob Atkinson – price tag revealed

Bristol City suffer blow in pursuit of Oxford United’s Rob Atkinson – price tag revealed

Bristol City are set to have their £1.4m bid for Oxford United defender Rob Atkinson rejected, Sky Sports has claimed (10:32, 22.06.21).

Bristol City are looking to bolster their defensive ranks this summer as Nigel Pearson hunts new additions ahead of next season.

Oxford United centre-back Rob Atkinson is reported to be on the Robins’ radar ahead of next season. The 22-year-old thoroughly impressed for Karl Robinson’s side during the 2020/21 campaign.

Now, an update has emerged regarding the club’s rumoured pursuit of the Oxford star.

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Sky Sports is now claiming that Bristol City have made a bid of £1.4m for Atkinson. However, the U’s will reject the Championship side’s offer as they hold out for a £2m fee.

Reports emerged at the weekend (The Sun, 20.06.21, page 65) claiming that the Ashton Gate club were ready to pay as much as £1.6m to prize Atkinson away from the Kassam Stadium this summer. That might not be enough though, with Sky Sports revealing his £2m valuation.

With the Robins coming in with an opening bid, it will be interesting to see if they up their offer for the promising defender.

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Last season, Atkinson played 44 times for Oxford last season, netting two goals and providing one assist. He helped keep 12 clean sheets as Robinson’s side reach the play-offs.

The commanding centre-back looks to be a promising defender for the future, but his performances last season also show he may be ready for a shot at Championship football already.

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