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Anthony Gerrard may be candidate for Bristol City boss Derek McInnes

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: July 03, 2012

Anthony Gerrard left is being monitored by City boss Derek McInnes who is keen to strengthen his defence

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Bristol City boss Derek McInnes will consider making a move for Cardiff defender Anthony Gerrard – but only if he misses out on main target Richard Keogh.

Coventry skipper and centre-back Keogh tops the City manager's wanted list and McInnes is prepared to play a waiting game if it means bringing the former Robins defender back to Ashton Gate four years after he left to join Carlisle United.

But Coventry have already turned down City's opening bid of around £250,000 and, although the Championship club is preparing to go back in with an improved offer later this month, McInnes is making contingency plans lest he miss out on Keogh, who still has a year to run on his contract at The Ricoh Arena.

And Cardiff centre-half Gerrard, 26, features on a list of potential targets that will come into play in the event that Keogh either opts to stay with Coventry or decides to move elsewhere.

City face competition from Championship rivals Cardiff for the signature of the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who is stalling on signing a new contract for the Sky Blues.

Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay has also had an undisclosed bid for Keogh turned down..

No longer an automatic first team selection after losing his place in Cardiff's Championship team last season, Gerrard could be made available for transfer with any proceeds being used to further test Coventry's resolve.

While Cardiff would happily sell Gerrard to their Severnside rivals if they could first land Keogh, McInnes is prepared to bide his time in the hope that a deal for the Irishman can be completed before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

A member of the Cardiff side that lost last season's Carling Cup final to Liverpool in a penalty shoot-out, the 6ft 2in Gerrard is an imposing defender, strong in the air and capable of playing as a right or left-sided centre-back.

But Keogh can also operate at right-back, a position he frequently filled during his time as a City player, and he remains McInnes's preferred choice.

City's manager will continue to hold off while Coventry officials try and persuade their captain to sign a new deal, but it is understood Keogh is keen to play in the Championship and is seeking a move away from the Ricoh Arena following the Midland club's relegation at the end of last season.

His wife is a Bristolian, he still has a lot of friends in the area and would privately welcome the chance to move back to the city.

Although Coventry boss Andy Thorn would rather keep Keogh, finance is a concern and a bid in the region of £600,000 will probably be sufficient to tempt the Midlands club.

Should City ultimately lose out to Cardiff in the race for Keogh, only then will McInnes begin to work through his list of alternative centre-backs.

Gerrard certainly fits City's requirement for a first ball winning central defender with extensive Championship experience.

The cousin of England captain Steven Gerrard, the big centre-back was born in Liverpool and launched his career with Everton. He subsequently moved to Walsall where he made 155 appearances between 2005-09 before joining Cardiff.

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  • AussieGeorge  |  July 03 2012, 11:48PM

    Like all of you I'm getting very concerned regarding our lack of signings. Perhaps I'm clutching at straws but just maybe our getting the back-room organised with quality staff is the beginning of showing all,that the club is serious about the long haul,and to be fair SL has been working his a**** off to try and fix the quality stadium situation. Again,I'm hopeful we're not doing it from the lower divisions up, which will be the case if we don't get players very soon.

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  • marmeliser  |  July 03 2012, 10:13PM

    well bad luck. if he doesn't go to cardiff, he's going to blackburn no statements from BCFC about transter targets. i know it's been slow overall, but this is now getting RIDICULOUS. virtually all of our rivals are signing. i think a progress update is LONG overdue

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  • nickthompson  |  July 03 2012, 5:44PM

    What self respecting decent footballer would want to play for the most backward looking city in EUROPE.

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  • Vonner  |  July 03 2012, 3:36PM

    Yeah Piledriver - it is no contest. We also used to pick up a few of the Welsh lads that made U21 level like Ribeiro and Lewin - wouldn't surprise me if Cardiff attracts all the South West young talent and our 'gettable' transfer targets. In fact I can see Cardiff and Swansea both in the Prem soon and us looking for some of their cast offs...

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  • Redrocky  |  July 03 2012, 3:13PM

    @Dazzyboy - No chance with Josh M - he was on loan in the prem last season!

  • marksy1  |  July 03 2012, 2:42PM

    Its about time we saw some new quality arrivals! If lansdown or anyone else thinks we're going to survive next season in the championship by doing it all on the cheap i suggest they take a look at the fixture list. Hold on for the ride lads ?

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  • piledriver  |  July 03 2012, 1:55PM

    @ DazzyBoy Spot on but like you, I can't see it happening.

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  • piledriver  |  July 03 2012, 1:34PM

    @TomC87 Bikey's off to Boro apparently and I'm as puzzled as you as to why he was never on DMAC's radar after his performances at the end of last season. @CharlesBridge Keogh hasn't gone to Cardiff and in terms of derisory bids, we accepted one for Maynard after SL decided to large it and turn downs Leicesters' £6.5m.Backing & Believing a chancer like Maynard and his agent shows surprising naivety I agree that SL's skill is in Financial services, not football albeit he is a generous benefactor. Hopefully, whilst he'll fund new transfers, he won't get involved in the decision making process regrading the incoming player, albeit, the managers who have lead him down the garden path on more than one occassion, need to be held heavily to account. Backing managers, doesn't mean letting them do whatever they want.

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  • DazzyBoy  |  July 03 2012, 1:15PM

    I think we should try and get someone like Josh Mceachran on a season long loan from Chelsea. His chances of breaking into their team this season are slim, and a year at a club like city would do him good, he is a quality midfied player who can control a game. If you don't ask you don't get!!!

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  • RedNemesis1  |  July 03 2012, 1:00PM

    Piledriver Wrong, I'm afraid. Cyril Smith received regular national coverage.

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