Bristol City boss thanks owner as he seals sixth summer deal
DEREK McInnes today thanked Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown and his board of directors for backing him in the transfer market.
City’s manager made his sixth signing of the summer when seeing off competition from Championship rivals Ipswich Town to land Derby County striker Steve Davies on a three-year deal.
Signed for an undisclosed fee, 24-year-old Davies goes straight into the squad for tonight’s home game against Crystal Palace and McInnes, who is still in the market for another striker and a right-sided centre-half, hopes to raise the number of new arrivals to eight before the transfer window closes for business on August 31.
Majority shareholder and former chairman Lansdown flew in from his home in Guernsey to personally oversee the signing of Davies and will next try to persuade DJ Campbell to commit his future to Ashton Gate.
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Queens Park Rangers have accepted an undisclosed bid for the 30-year-old striker, who is set to open talks with City after tonight’s first home game of the season.
McInnes is also closing in on a centre-back and said: “I have had really good backing from Steve and the board and I am grateful for that.
“There is an understanding of where the club is at the minute and where we want to take it. We are trying to recruit good players, but there are certain parameters we have to work within.
“I’m fully aware of that and have always been happy to work within those restraints. But I feel happy that Steve and the board want the best team and squad possible and we are all working together towards that common aim.”
He added: “We are hopeful that we can get another couple of signings in. It has been well documented the types of players I’m looking to try and bring in. There won’t be any more in before (the Palace game), but hopefully there will be one or two more before the next game (at home to Cardiff on Saturday).”
Davies looked set to join Ipswich until City stole a march on the East Anglian club at the weekend.
A delighted McInnes said: “Steven is a striker we identified that we would like to have with us and, although it has taken a bit longer than anticipated, I’m very pleased to have him on board now.
“He brings a real versatility to our front-line; he can play wide as a striker, he can score goals, is good in the air for his size and can play at this level. He gives us options in the striking areas and I’m sure he will chip in with goals.
“Hopefully, we are getting a really hungry player, one who is motivated to come here and do well.”
Davies said: “I knew about City’s interest two weeks ago and I had a call from Derby late on Sunday night to say they had given me permission to speak to them. I spoke to the manager for about half-an-hour, he told me his plans for the club and knew then that I wanted to be a part of it.
“I could have still gone to Ipswich up until ten minutes before I signed, but that had gone on for a little bit too long and I just had a good feeling about Bristol City.
“I’m grateful for Ipswich for their interest, but I’m not too sure Derby were keen on doing a deal with them.
“Once I had spoken to Derek McInnes and met the owner, my decision was made.”
City lost their opening game 1-0 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday and McInnes is expected to start with two up front against Palace.
He said: “It is important we win our first home game, but we have to show more of a goal threat and work the keeper more than we worked Forest’s keeper at the weekend.
“With a good, strong vocal home support behind us, hopefully we can go and ask questions of Crystal Palace.”
But winger Yannick Bolasie will not be involved after submitting a written transfer request at the weekend.
Palace are preparing to table a bid for the 23-year-old former Plymouth player and McInnes says Bolasie can leave if a rival club meets City’s asking price.
He said: “Yannick is no different from any other player, in that we have a valuation and, if that is met, he will have an opportunity to move on.
“But until that valuation is met, he will have to knuckle down and continue to work hard for Bristol City.”