Chelsea home in on promising Bristol City teenager Kevin Krans
BRISTOL City face a fight to keep hold of talented teenage striker Kevin Krans.
Signed last summer, the free-scoring Londoner, 19, has made a major impact in City's Under-21 development side this season.
But he is out of contract in July and a number of bigger clubs, including European champions Chelsea, are showing an interest.
City are preparing to make Krans an offer, but will face stiff competition from the Blues, while Premier League rivals Fulham and Reading and Championship clubs Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town are also scouting the striker.
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Chelsea scout Adie Mings has watched Krans twice in recent weeks and the Londoner impressed when scoring twice in a 4-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers last month.
Mings is urging the powers that be at Stamford Bridge to make a move for Krans and the London club are ready to follow up their interest with an offer.
City first spotted Krans playing non-League football in Middlesex and offered the youngster a trial last summer. He then signed a three-month deal, which was extended until the end of the season on November 1. Krans is rated highly by Ashton Gate Academy manager Willie McStay and Under-21 boss Alex Russell and his performances have also come to the notice of head coach Sean O'Driscoll, who drafted the striker into the first team squad ahead of Saturday's home game against Forest.
In the absence of injured forwards Ryan Taylor and Sam Baldock, Krans warmed up with the rest of the senior squad on the Ashton Gate pitch, but failed to make the bench.
Having arrived in Bristol as an attacking midfielder, the Londoner has since been deployed as an out-and-out striker with impressive results.
Blessed with lightning-quick pace, he also has an eye for goal and City are keen to keep him at the club beyond the end of the season.
Meanwhile, star winger Albert Adomah has been released by Ghana's national squad and is expected back at Ashton Gate any day now.
Adomah made five appearances in the African Cup of Nations, helping the Black Stars reach the semi-finals before they were knocked out by Burkina Faso in a penalty shoot-out.
Having missed City's last seven games, the 25-year-old winger will be available to face Cardiff in the Welsh capital this Saturday.
But it remains to be seen if O'Driscoll brings him straight back in or retains the side that beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at the weekend.
Brian Howard's chance to impress and earn a Bristol City contract has been wrecked by the weather.
Having trained with City for a week after being released from his contract by Portsmouth, the former Barnsley, Sheffield United and Reading midfielder was due to play in an Under-21 Development League fixture against Millwall tonight.
But that game has been postponed owing to snowfall in the capital and Howard will continue training with City's first team squad for now.
O'Driscoll can either decide to offer Howard terms without seeing him play in a competitive fixture or wait until the Under-21s are next in action at home to Brentford on February 19.