The Bristol Post reports that Sky Bet League One outfit Plymouth Argyle are set to win the hotly-contested battle to the loan signing of Bristol City’s Zak Vyner. The 20-year-old defender has been the subject of big interest in this transfer window, according to Lee Johnson.

This would be the second time in the playing career of Vyner that he has departed Ashton Gate on a temporary deal. He enjoyed a productive spell in Sky Bet League Two with Accrington Stanley last season, appearing 17 times.

Vyner has made five appearances for Johnson’s Robins this season, with four of those coming in cup competitions. This included a 90-minute showing at right back in the August 2017 EFL Cup meeting between parent club Bristol City and his soon to be new club Plymouth. Bristol routed their opponents 5-0 on the night. The Green Army however have enjoyed a revival over recent months under manager Derek Adams, and are now only eight points off the final play-off position.

Vyner, who can also play at centre back in addition to right back, will certainly add depth to Adams’ roster in the remainder of the campaign. With Eros Pisano the first choice right back in the eyes of Johnson, and Australian international doing a sterling job in this position in the interim, Vyner’s opportunities have been and will continue to be limited in the first-team.

Speaking yesterday, Johnson said Vyner would be a brilliant recruit for any side in the league below,

“He has definitely got some improvement in him. If I was a League One manager I’d be doing everything I can to bring in Zak on loan as a right back or centre half.”

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