Bristol City transfer target Richard Keogh: Player profile
Bristol City may have to fight off Leeds United if they are to catch top transfer target Richard Keogh, as the West Yorkshire club has thrown its hat into the ring.
United are reportedly set to offer a considerable sum for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who currently plays for Coventry City.
The defender started his career at the Stoke City youth academy. He never made a first team appearance for the club, but was selected to join Icelandic league outfit Vikingur on loan in 2004.
He moved to Bristol City in 2005, and just a few months into the season was loaned to the Wycombe Wanderers. Covering for the injured Mike Williamson, Keogh went out on a one-month loan.
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In January 2006 he was called into the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the tenth annual Madeira Tournament. By that point Keogh, who replaced injured Manchester United defender Paul McShane, had two Republic of Ireland U21 caps to his name.
The player went on to be named captain of the U21 squad.
He continued to go from strength to strength in the months that followed, being named City’s young player of the year in the 2006-7 season.
The next notch on Keogh’s belt was Huddersfield, where he went on loan for two months.
He then joined Carlisle United on loan, where he remained until January 2008. The player returned to Bristol City after negotiations to extend his loan collapsed.
In March that year Keogh was signed by Cheltenham Town on a one-month emergency loan. By the summer of 2008 he returned to Carlisle United on a permanent basis, signing a two-year deal.
Keogh’s efforts were once again recognised when he was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2009-10. But he rejected the offer of a new contract at the end of the season, and left the club for Coventry City, signing a three-year deal.
Keogh has enjoyed great success at the club, being named Player of the Year for the past two seasons. He was also named the Player's Player of the Year at the end of the both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
However, he was shown a red card while playing against Doncaster Rovers in April this year, in which Coventry were relegated to League One. The dismissal brought to an end 91 consecutive Championship appearances.
Bristol, Cardiff and now Leeds have made clear their desire to catch Keogh. Coventry rejected a bid from Bristol in May.
It remains to be seen whether City will be able to secure their top transfer target.