Bristol City are leading the race to sign St Patrick’s Athletic man Adam Murphy, as per the Independent.ie.
Murphy, 18, is a versatile midfielder who can operate in several roles across the middle of the park.
He’s played 23 times for St Patrick’s Athletic in both the league and European qualifiers in the last year scoring twice and assisting three times.
The young prospect is an exciting talent who has already attracted interest from the highest level.
His contract is up at the end of the year and his Irish side can either opt to sell him now or instead receive a compensation fee should he move in January. A new contract has been tabled, but it remains to be seen whether he will accept.
The report goes on to say the Robins are actually ahead in the race for Murphy and discussions this week will determine his future. It states Manchester City have previously invited Murphy to train before he suffered a big injury setback.
Moving in the right direction
Nigel Pearson’s side have reacted relatively well to losing some key men. Their finish last season was quite average, however there’s hope they can build and climb up the table this time around.
The Robins have most recently lost star midfielder Alex Scott and that does leave a gap in their midfield for more. It would be unfair on Murphy to expect him to fill the role Scott played last season, but given time he could well grow into a very important player for Bristol City should a move materialise.
However, it will be hoped Bristol City strengthen further as well to ensure they have the quality here and now to compete.
Pearson’s side have started the season well with four points from their opening two league outings. Their win last time out against Millwall sets them up nicely for a clash against Birmingham City this weekend.