Bristol City considering bid for Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean
Bristol City are preparing to table a bid for inspirational Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean.
Bolstering a defence that has failed to keep a clean sheet in 26 games dating back to April 21 remains manager Derek McInnes' priority and The Post can reveal the Scot is targeting 25-year-old centre-back McFadzean.
A member of the Crawley team that dumped City out of the FA Cup 12 months ago, the 6ft 1in defender is under contract at the Sussex club until the end of next season.
Although Crawley boss Richie Barker wants to keep the talismanic defender at Broadfield Stadium beyond January, The Post understands a fee in the region of £500,000 could be enough to prise him away.
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In the market for dominant first-ball-winning centre halves, McInnes has also made an inquiry for Manchester United youngster Scott Wootton with a view to bringing him to Ashton Gate on loan until the end of the season.
But he would prefer to bring players in on a permanent basis and the Scot is considering making a formal offer for Yorshireman McFadzean, who has made 87 appearances and scored eight goals for Crawley.