Bristol City news and transfer roundup: Under-21 draw, Alex Scott linked with West Ham

Hello and welcome to today’s live blog.

Bristol City’s under-21s are in action this afternoon when they host Sheffield United in an intriguing game at Ashton Gate. The Robins sit at the top of their Development League, while their opponents also sit at the top of the northern section.

We’ll bring you live match action from that contest when it kicks off at 1pm Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson is still among the names linked with the vacant Leicester spot with Graham Potter reportedly distancing himself from the role.

He remains at 12/1 with four other names that have lower odds than the city manager. Midfielder Alex Scott has also been linked with a move to West Ham as they intensify the search for a replacement for Declan Rice, who is expected to leave the club this summer.

We’ll bring you the latest news and rumors throughout the day so keep an eye out and keep scrolling down.

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Under-21 player ratings

Goalless at Ashton Gate, but a really positive defensive performance reflected in City’s player ratings after the 0-0 draw against Sheffield United.

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Elijah Morrison impressed against Sheffield United(Image: Robbie Stephenson/JMP)

Paul Ince on Reading’s point at City and the deduction

Speaking to, the Reading manager had this to say about the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

I think it was important to do something on the road because our away form has not been very good. It’s not that we don’t try, it’s that we’ve made mistakes that we’ve lost by the odd goal. We lost to Cardiff and Sunderland in the last minute, just by making individual mistakes that cost the team.

Getting something on the weekend was important. We have eight first-team players out, and those are players who would start for us. We had to fill the bench with kids, so to go to Bristol City and get a point was good.

We basically played with half a team and managed to get to 46 points, which is a miracle in itself. So knowing they’re missing out on six points when they should be comfortable with staying in the league and building for next year is tough. We will now have to wait until the next seven games.

Reading Manager Paul Ince (Ashley Crowden/JMP)

More about the reading story

So the six point deduction relates to Reading’s 2021 penalty in which they agreed to a budget and business plan that they have since been unable to deliver.

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Andy Carroll, Reading striker (Ashley Crowden/JMP)

The Under-21

They’re about to kick off here at Ashton Gate and you can follow all the action live below with our dedicated live blog.

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Reading hit with six penalty points

City’s opponents on Saturday found themselves embroiled in relegation trouble with confirmation that they received a six-point deduction for breaching the EFL’s earnings and sustainability rules.

It leaves the Royals 20 and just one point above the relegation zone.

Reading Point Deduction

It looks set to arrive this week, leaving them right in the middle of a relegation fight.

Reading currently sit 18th on 46 points, but the expected deduction of six points will leave them 20th.

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This is just a crazy, unsustainable figure that is sure to put Bournemouth and Forest in big trouble if they go down.

West Ham’s link to Scott

Here’s more about West Ham showing interest in Alex Scott as they identify Declan Rice’s replacement. The Mail reports how David Moyes’s team are among the growing list of potential suitors for Scott’s signing with a host of top flight clubs keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old.

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Alex Scott is the subject of more transfer interest(Image: Ashley Crowden/JMP)

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City favorite Frankie Fielding celebrates his 35th birthday today – he is currently with Stoke City and will be benched on Friday.

Leicester manager odds

Just having a scan of the latest odds for Leicester’s next manager;

Nigel Pearson remains at 12/1 alongside Jon Dahl Tomasson and Steven Gerrard.

Potter remains favorite at 11/4 (although he was level yesterday), with Rafa Benítez at 7/2. Ange Postecoglou and Ralph Hassenhutl are also 9/1.

Massengo Progress Report

Unless there’s a big U-turn in Han-Noah Massengo’s career, he almost certainly played his last game for Bristol City.

However, his popularity on BS3, combined with his potential, makes for intrigue when it comes to where his career will take him, both in the short and long term. Massengo’s contract expires at the end of June while he fulfills the remainder of his contract with Ligue 1 side Auxerre.

We spoke to Auxerre journalist Nicolas Fillon who provided insight into Massengo’s performance in France and his thoughts on the player’s future beyond the campaign.

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Massengo fights for the ball against Rominigue Kouame(Image: ARNAUD FINISTRE/AFP via Getty Images)


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