Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Steve Cotterill has confirmed Bristol City’s pursuit of Bolton Wanderers striker Zach Clough is over.
The City manager says talks have ended unsuccessfully with the 20-year-old, having previously confirmed media speculation that a £2m bid for the forward’s services had been accepted by the Championship’s bottom club.
Speaking on Bristol City Player HD, Cotterill said: "I spent five hours on Sunday with Zach, his Dad and his agent. I think, initially, the lad wasn’t enamoured with coming to Bristol City.
"Then you meet him and I think he saw us in a different light. The agent said to me that the deal would need to be a head-turning offer. We made an offer but obviously it wasn’t head-turning enough.
“Having said that, I think the offer was good and fair and one that fits with our players (in terms of wages).
“In the end it was a no-go, but I still believe we were right not to pay what his agent wanted. I don't think he was being greedy, I understand it and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season, there’s no animosity there."
On the transfer window as a whole and City’s progress in the market, Cotterill added: “We’re not any closer (to adding to the squad)…we’re not the top of the pile. I’ll probably be saying that a lot in the next few weeks.
“We need to make sure, if we get somebody in, that they are of use to us. When you’re in trouble sometimes you can end up just getting players in to fill your bench, which doesn’t help the other lads.
“It’s a tough one because the players I want and need are wanted elsewhere. We’re on it morning, noon and night. We just need things to drop over the line for us.
“It’s probably going to be the back end of the window where we’ll see more deals done, which is frustrating because we’ll be a few more games down the line by then.”
Meanwhile, Arnold Garita’s paperwork has been completed on his £50,000 switch from French club Chateauroux. The striker, who will train with the first team but play predominantly for the Under-21s, has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract.