Bristol City boss McInnes meeting owner to discuss targets
BRISTOL City manager Derek McInnes is meeting with club owner Steve Lansdown this weekend to discuss transfer targets.
McInnes has drawn up a shortlist of players he would like to recruit in the transfer window as he embarks upon a summer rebuilding programme.
But business has been slow and the Scot wants majority shareholder Lansdown to make funds available in a bid to render the Robins as competitive as possible in the marketplace.
McInnes flew back from a family holiday in the Middle East yesterday to hold talks with City's owner in Bristol and the pair today relocated to Lansdown's home in Guernsey for further discussions over the weekend.
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McInnes has made public his desire to bring in "two or three" new signings before his players report back for pre-season training on July 11.
He has identified the areas of the team he feels need strengthening and is in the market for a goalkeeper, a right-sided central defender, a left-back, a creative central midfielder and a striker.
But he has become frustrated at the lack of progress and has sought a meeting with Lansdown in an attempt to speed things up.
Although Keith Dawe has taken over as chairman this summer and fellow director Jon Lansdown will henceforth play a bigger part in football matters at Ashton Gate, Steve Lansdown remains the power behind the throne and all requests for money to fund transfers go through him.
City did complete the transfer yesterday of Stephen Pearson, following his successful loan spell from Derby in the second half of last season. The midfielder has signed a two-year deal.
As revealed in The Post last month, City have also announced their interest in Coventry centre-back Richard Keogh and had an initial bid turned down by the Sky Blues.
Otherwise, business has been conducted below the radar and McInnes has made lots of telephone calls checking on the availability of players. But no new signings are imminent and McInnes, afraid that the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine will make it more difficult to do business over the next few weeks, wants to press ahead with his plans so as to be able to work with any newcomers during the pre-season period.
City's manager has made signing Keogh a priority, but the Robins face competition from Cardiff, who themselves had an undisclosed bid rejected by Coventry last week.
McInnes has ruled out a player-plus-cash deal and is biding his time before going back in with an improved offer.
City have been linked with a number of players as the transfer rumour mill gathers pace.
But the club has denied reports suggesting they are interested in QPR striker Rob Hulse and Brighton right-back Inigo Calderon.
McInnes did check on the availability of Wolverhampton Wanderers left-back George Elokobi, but is believed to have moved his search elsewhere.