Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark is a top target for Bristol City this transfer window, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The Sun reported revealed that after the Championship club sold Adam Webster to Brighton for a reported club-record £20million [Source: BBC], the Robins have targeted Clark as a replacement.
Nixon delivered the news when replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, simply responding with “Clark first choice.”
Clark first choice. Just now. https://t.co/SoOwcBT9Yi
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 4, 2019
Bristol City were reported by reputable news outlet Football Insider to be rivalling Crystal Palace and fellow Championship side Stoke City for the signature of the 29-year-old, who only made 12 appearances last season.
There is no doubting the fact that Bristol City will now need a central defender and after selling Webster for the reported £20million, they have a handsome transfer budget available to them to make a move for whichever of their targets they want the most. At this moment, that looks to be Clark, who could be given a fresh opportunity by Steve Bruce after failing to make much of an impact under Rafael Benitez. Bruce himself has confirmed that he has spoken to the Irish international regarding his future this pre-season, and insisted to the BBC as quoted by Matthew Raisbeck on Twitter, that he couldn’t sanction a move for Clark at this moment in time. Clark did average 1.8 tackles and 5.2 clearances in each appearance last season [Source: WhoScored] and proved himself as more than capable of being a solid back-up option to Newcastle’s main defenders, with Bruce looking more than likely to try and block any exit, no matter how much Bristol desire his services.