Bristol City consider all options in attempts to bring Burnley's Scott Twine back to BS3

Bristol City are discussing the option of loaning Scott Twine for the 2024/25 season, Bristol Live understands, with Burnley refusing to budge over their latest valuation of the playmaker.

City want to bring Twine back to Ashton Gate following his temporary spell in the second half of last season whereby, after suffering a thigh injury, his influence in Liam Manning’s system grew in importance with each appearance.

Twine has spent the off-season using the facilities at the High-Performance Centre and is open to the idea of moving to City, with the 24-year-old’s family still based in Royal Wootton Bassett.

But with two years remaining on his contract at Turf Moor, Burnley’s say is final and the Clarets are remaining steadfast in extracting as much value out of the midfielder as is possible. Although they have come down from their previous price point of £5million, it’s still at a level which is beyond what the Robins are willing to pay for one player.

With Manning desiring a striker and winger along with a playmaker, there is a danger of one addition effectively taking up all of the presented budget. As a result, City are proposing to take Twine on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy next summer but there remains a hope that a permanent deal can eventually be struck.

There is also a concern that another club could enter discussions, with managerless Sunderland and Birmingham City previously linked, but City remain his first choice.

The transfer market in the Championship is beginning to recover after the immediate post-Covid years in which clubs largely dealt in free transfers and loans in order to stay within the EFL’s Profit & Sustainability rules. But increased revenues and the new Sky Sports TV deal are two factors that are providing clubs with greater spending power, or at least a willingness to be more financially flexible.

Coventry City have signed Jack Rudoni from Huddersfield Town for a fee understood to be in the region of an initial £4m. The 23-year-old midfielder, who plays in a similar position to Twine, provides something of a reference point in the market, even if the Terriers are now a League One club.

If the Sky Blues are willing to pay that amount for a player with two years remaining on his contract, plus a 12-month option, Burnley evidently feel they are justified in requesting similar for Twine, who cost the Clarets £4m in 2022 and has 24 months left on his agreement.

City have already been priced out of one potential target this summer with the weight of interest in Aberdeen striker Bojan Miovski driving his valuation towards the £7m mark. Auxerre forward Lassine Sinayoko is another individual the club have looked closely at, and made enquiries as to the Mali international’s potential availability, but the £4m quoted by the French club is currently unworkable within the permitted budget.

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