Robins shut down in Keogh bid

Tue, 22 May 11:42:11 2012

Bristol City have seen a "derisory" bid for defender Richard Keogh rejected by Coventry.

The 25-year-old has scooped the Sky Blues' Players' Player of the Year award in both seasons he has been with the club following his switch from Carlisle, missing just one league match during his two years at the Ricoh Arena.

Keogh has a year remaining on his current deal and Coventry, relegated to League One this season, are due to open talks over a new deal as they desperately look to keep hold of their prized asset. Yet that has not stopped a number of Championship clubs making enquiries, with the Robins seeing a firm offer knocked back.

Sky Blues development director Steve Waggott has told the Coventry Telegraph: "It was derisory, way below the value we would put on the player if we were of a mind to sell - which is not the case at all.

"We've got a season left with Richard and we are having discussions with him and his agent about what the future looks like from his perspective. We've had approaches, by telephone and e-mail, from three or four interested Championship clubs that haven't led to a formal offer.

"The type of player Richard is he's going to attract attention and we've got to consider all reasonable offers that come in. But he's a terrific asset for us - Andy Thorn (manager) and the directors want Richard to lead us back to the Championship and we want to retain him for as long as we can."


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