Bristol City set to come in with improved offer for Liam Kelly
Bristol City are preparing to table an improved bid for Kilmarnock midfield ace Liam Kelly after their initial offer was rejected.
As reported in Tuesday’s Post, 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.
But Robins manager Derek McInnes is determined to land the attacking midfielder after missing out on Leicester play-maker Neil Danns, who yesterday joined Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season.
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Kelly is out of contract at the end of the season and is valued at around £500,000 by Kilmarnock.
Although City are prepared to up their offer, the SPL club is likely to have to settle for a more realistic sum.
The Post understands Derby County have emerged as their main competitors for Kelly’s signature.
Rams boss Nigel Clough has made an enquiry, but has yet to follow up his initial interest with a bid.
At this moment in time, City are the only suitor to have made an offer. But newspaper reports north of the border claiming the Robins have already come in with a second bid are erroneous.