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Bristol City are close to sealing deal with midfielder Wade Elliott

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

Wade Elliott is set to join Bristol City after a successful loan spell last season picture: GARY DAY/PINNACLE

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Bristol City are ready to offer former loan signing Wade Elliott a one-year deal.

Released by Championship club Birmingham City last month, the veteran midfielder is available on a free transfer. And Robins boss Steve Cotterill will almost certainly have first refusal.

Well known to City's manager after working with him at Burnley several years ago, Elliott spent a successful spell on loan at Ashton Gate during the second half of last season.

At 35, Elliot proved he still has plenty left in the tank and Cotterill is set to make the former Bournemouth midfield playmaker his first summer signing.

Elliott enjoyed his time in Bristol earlier this year and is known to be keen on a return. Talks have taken place between player and club in recent weeks and City are prepared to offer a 12-month contract to a player who impressed during his time at Ashton Gate.

It is understood negotiations are at an advanced stage and Elliott is expected to be on board by the time the players report back for pre-season training on July 1. Having released experienced campaigners Stephen Pearson and Marvin Elliott at the end of last season and seen loanee Simon Gillett return to Nottingham Forest, Cotterill urgently needs to bolster a central midfield department that is short of experience.

Marlon Pack, Scott Wagstaff, Bobby Reid and Joe Bryan all featured in midfield for City last season, but are still classed as young, improving players.

Cotterill has spoken openly of the need for greater experience in what is essentially a youthful squad and Elliott clearly fits the bill.

He may be nearing the end of his career, but he keeps himself fit and proved beyond doubt he can be an influential player in League One, producing a series of stand-out performances for the Robins between January and May.

Although other clubs have been in touch with Elliott, his good relationship with Cotterill means City are favourites for his signature.

Meanwhile, Wes Burns, Bryan and Reid are all expected to sign contract extensions offered at the end of last season.

All three academy products have been offered new terms, but have yet to put pen to paper because they have been away on holiday.

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