Bristol City hoping to sign Greg Cunningham from Manchester City
Bristol City are hoping to conclude the signing of Greg Cunningham from Premier League champions Manchester City within the next few days.
The 21-year-old defender was at Ashton Gate this week putting the final touches to a permanent transfer after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.
Cunningham passed a medical examination in Bristol before returning to Manchester and must now agree personal terms.
Negotiations are continuing and City manager Derek McInnes hopes to have the deal tied up before his players report back for pre-season training next week. A Republic of Ireland international, Cunningham looks set to become McInnes's second summer signing, following midfielder Jody Morris into Ashton Gate.
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If confirmed, his arrival will bring an end to City's long search for a left-back to replace veteran campaigner Jamie McAllister, who was released after six seasons with the Robins.
Born and raised in County Galway, Cunningham joined Manchester City's academy in 2004 and signed a four-year professional contract after graduating in 2010.
Although he made his first-team debut for City in a 4-2 victory over Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup in January 2010 and featured in a Premier League game against Birmingham a few months later, he remained well down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium and spent the last couple of seasons on loan at Leicester and Nottingham Forest.
In the 2010-11 campaign, Cunningham's spell at Leicester was cut short by serious injury when he fractured his tibia in a collision with Hull City defender Liam Rosenior, having made just 13 appearances for the Foxes. But he fared better after he joined Forest in October last year and caught McInnes's eye when he kept Robins winger Albert Adomah quiet in a Championship match at Ashton Gate in December.
Cunningham's loan at the City Ground was later extended until the end of the season and he made 27 starts in all for the Midlands club, impressing manager Steve Cotterill.
Forest were keen to sign Cunningham on a permanent basis, but it looks as though they have been beaten to his signature by City.
McInnes has made no secret of his desire to recruit a left-back since he took over at Ashton Gate in October last year.
But his hands were effectively tied by his predecessor, Keith Millen's, decision to sign Ryan McGivern on a season-long loan from Manchester City. McGivern returned to Lancashire at the end of last season, McAllister was shown the door and Cunningham now represents the future.
A good athlete, Cunningham has the pace and power to attack down the left flank. Standing at 6ft, he is also strong in defence.