Bristol City bid £150,000 for Kilmarnock star Liam Kelly
Bristol City are leading the chase for highly-rated Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly.
The Championship strugglers have tabled a bid of £150,000 for the 22-year-old Scottish international and are awaiting a response from Rugby Park chairman Michael Johnson.
But Robins boss Derek McInnes is likely to face competition from rival clubs with Kilmarnock keen to spark a bidding war for a player who is rated one of the hottest properties in the Scottish Premier League.
Kelly has previously been linked with Premier League clubs Norwich City, West Ham United and Newcastle United, while Championship club Derby County are also reported to be showing an interest.
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But City boss McInnes is the first to make an offer after twice travelling north to see Kelly in action in recent weeks.
Out of contract at the end of this season, Kelly has told Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels he would rather leave now to ensure the club receives a transfer fee.
Kilmarnock value Kelly at close to £500,000, but are likely to have to accept a more realistic sum.
Born in Milton Keynes, Kelly is believed to be keen on a move south to be closer to his bereaved mother.
Kelly's father, Jack, died tragically in March, suffering a heart attack shortly after watching his son help Kilmarnock win the League Cup.