As per one of the latest reports by Burton Mail, Bristol City had offered a seven-figure amount to prise Marley Watkins out of the Carrow Road this month. However, the report also suggests that the Canaries have rejected their offer and it is to be seen whether the Robins launch an enhanced bid to thrash out a deal before the transfer window shuts down.
Bristol City have dazzled this season under the tutelage of Lee Johnson in the Championship and until this point in time, they have garnered 48 points from 28 games. They are currently placed at the 5th spot in the league standings and are very much in the race to secure a promotion to the lucrative and highly competitive Premier League.
Johnson has already signed Ryan Kent and Liam Walsh from Liverpool and Everton, respectively, but given that the second-half of the season is likely to come up with more twists and turns, it would be wise if Johnson brings in more reinforcements. Despite having failed to sign Watkins at their first attempt, they must leave no stone unturned to lure him to the Ashton Gate Stadium.
Watkins signed for Norwich City in the summer on a free transfer from Barnsley. However, the 27-year-old has failed to replicate the performances which he produced during his time with the Tykes. So far this season, he has managed to bag just 1 goal and 1 assist in 21 games across all competitions and has been overlooked lately by Daniel Farke in his first-team setups.
His last game was during Norwich City’s goalless stalemate with Burton Albion last month and he might be personally looking for an exit to enhance his chances of getting regular game time under his belt. He might be struggling at the moment to make his presence felt but he is still a fine player who just needs to play regularly to get his confidence back and resurrect his career.
His versatility and attacking prowess might have compelled Johnson to make a move for him in the first place. Watkins is capable enough of plying his trade on either wing and has the requisite pace in his legs to lead swift counter-attacks. Besides, he is someone who has plenty of experience and is familiar with English football and thus, it would make sense if Bristol City launch an improved bid.
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