Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson is ‘ready to pay’ Oxford United’s £1.6million asking price for central defender Rob Atkinson this summer, reports The Sun on Sunday (20.06.21, pg. 65).

Atkinson, 22, is wanted by Bristol City.

The Oxford United man featured 42 times in League One last season and scored twice as Karl Robinson’s side made the play-offs.

Now though, Alan Nixon writes in The Sun on Sunday this morning how Pearson ‘has cash’ to recruit this summer and that Atkinson is keen on making the step up into the Championship.

Nixon goes on to report how Celtic also have an interest in Atkinson and ‘could make a bid’ if Kristoffer Ajer is moved on this summer.

Pearson came into Ashton Gate earlier in the year and after giving the Robins an immediate uplift in his first few games, it quickly fell apart and his side eventually finished the season in 19th.

They lost their final four games of the season, picking up just one win in their final 13 games of the season but despite that torrid run of form to see them into the summer, there remains optimism that Pearson is the right man for the job.

He’s been linked with a host names going into the summer including former Leicester City duo Matty James and Andy King, but Atkinson would no doubt be their marquee signing of the summer if they can pull it off.

He’s a commanding centre-back and at 22-years-old he has plenty of potential.