City submit a bid for defender McFadzean
Bristol City have firmed-up their interest in Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean by making a formal offer to the League One club.
As revealed in yesterday's Daily Press, the abrasive McFadzean is wanted by Robins boss Derek McInnes, who has made the signing of a right-sided centre-back a priority.
Having made an initial enquiry earlier this month, City's manager has now tabled an undisclosed six-figure bid.
He made his move after missing out on Manchester United defender Scott Wootton to fellow Championship strugglers Peterborough.
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The 21-year-old former Liverpool trainee last night joined Posh on loan until the end of the season, leaving City's manager to pursue alternative targets.
McInnes is now pulling out all the stops to sign McFadzean as he bids to plug the gaps in a defence that has conceded 50 goals in 25 Championship outings this season.
Physically strong and robust in his approach, the Crawley centre-back matches City's requirement for a dominant first-ball-winner.
January is proving a busy window for City, who must move players out if they are to bring others in.
On another busy day, winger Martyn Woolford was sold to Championship rivals Millwall, while McInnes was preparing a second and improved offer for Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly.
The Championship club lodged an initial bid of £150,000 for the 22-year-old Milton Keynes-born player, who is rated one of the hottest properties in the Scottish Premier League.
That was turned down by Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnson, who is keen to spark a bidding war.
However, McInnes is determined to land the attacking midfielder after missing out on Leicester's Neil Danns and is prepared to up his offer.
Derby have emerged as City's main rivals for Kelly's signature, but Rams boss Nigel Clough has yet to follow up his interest with a bid.
City's spending power will be improved by the departure of Woolford, who yesterday followed striker Brett Pitman out of the door at Ashton Gate.
Having banked £300,000 from the sale of Pitman to AFC Bournemouth, City are set to receive close to £100,000 from Millwall for Woolford.
Signed from Scunthorpe two years ago by previous manager Keith Millen, Woolford still had 18 months remaining on his Ashton Gate contract and his wages will now be spent on recruiting a centre-back and a creative midfielder.
Although Woolford began this season as a first team regular and turned in stellar performances in victories over Crystal Palace and Cardiff, he was unable to maintain that form and had since dropped beneath Joe Bryan and Paul Anderson in the pecking order.
Meanwhile, City winger Albert Adomah has made Ghana's 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations finals, which begin in South Africa later this month.
One of 26 players to attend a pre-tournament training camp in Abu Dhabi, Adomah made the cut when Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah submitted his final squad for the month-long event yesterday.
His selection is bad news for Championship strugglers City, who could be without their star player until the middle of February.
Ghana begin their Nations Cup campaign on January 20 with a fixture against DR Congo before facing matches with Mali and Niger in Group B.
If the Black Stars make the latter stages of the tournament, Adomah could be miss City's next five Championship fixtures.