Potential Bristol City catch Akos Buzsaky: Player profile
Bristol City are going head to head with Nottingham Forest in a bid to secure midfielder Akos Buzsaky.
The Hungarian international, who is a free agent after failing to agree a new contract with Premier League Queens Park Rangers (QPR) last week, is keen to remain in English football.
Buzsaky was with QPR for almost five years, having joined the club on loan in the autumn of 2007. He made a permanent move to the club in January 2008.
Buzsaky began his career with MTK Budapest FC, before moving on to MTK Hungária FC in 2000. He remained with the club until the summer of 2002, at which time he signed with Portuguese FC Porto.
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He stayed at the club for three years, during which time he went out on loan to Portuguese side Academica.
He also enjoyed a four-month loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, during which time he won over fans and Pilgrims boss Bobby Williamson during a reserve match at Devon rivals Torquay United. He also impressed during a 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest.
A matter of weeks into the loan spell, Williamson spoke publicly of his desire to sign Buzsaky on a permanent deal.
"The fans have certainly taken to him, and I like him," Williamson told the club website. "I think he's a fantastic talent. He's still got a lot to learn and he may learn it with us.”
Buzsaky penned a three-year deal with Plymouth in May 2005 for an undisclosed fee. Williamson told the club’s website: "He brings us something different. He's certainly more offensive than defensive; he can create; he does things off the cuff; he improvises. That's great.”
Buzsaky quickly established himself as a first team regular, and the club was soon forced to admit he had attracted attention from Premiership clubs. Reports at the time said a figure of £1 million had been on the cards.
In the months that followed Buzsaky spoke publicly of his desire to sign with West Brom. He told Hungarian newspaper Nemzeti Sport: "It sounds quite unbelievable to me that after just half a year I could play in The Premiership.
"Of course, I'd be the happiest person if this came true, but until the facts are known I am trying not to care about it. I don't want to build my hopes up in case I'm disappointed."
In October 2007 the player began negotiating a new deal with Plymouth, ahead of the expiration of his contract the following summer. But a matter of days later Holloway confirmed Buzsaky was set for pastures new, having rejected fresh terms at Home Park.
By the end of the month it was announced that Queens Park Rangers had brought in the midfielder on a two-month loan deal.
In January 2008 Buzsaky signed a permanent deal with the club, committing to the QPR for two-and-a-half-years. By this time he had scored six times in his 12 appearances for the Rs, with the club's fans nicknaming him 'The White Pele'.
In November that year Buzsaky was ruled out for the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
In March 2011 Buzsaky publicly insisted he was committed to the club, after reports suggested the player, who had been hampered by injuries that season, could be looking to leave Loftus Road.
But in September that year he spoke of his desire to be more than just a squad player. "I should be happy that I was chosen and I could also say that it is an honour to sit on the bench of a Premier League club, but that is not enough for me,” he told Nemzeti Sport.
In February this year Buzsaky’s agent said the player wished to remain at QPR. But on July 13 it was announced Buzsaky would be leaving the club after failing to agree new terms.
The 30-year-old declined a one-year contract extension at Loftus Road. He notched up a total of 102 appearances for QPR, scoring 17 goals.