Report: Derby County and Wolves readying bids for exciting 21-year-old

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Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly readying bids for Bristol City wing-back Joe Bryan

According to the Mirror, via Sky Sports, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers are lining up bids to try and land Bristol City defender Joe Bryan in the summer transfer window. 

The 21-year-old, who has been ever-present for City this season, has won plaudits from the Robins faithful who now see the young wing-back as one of the most exciting prospects in the Football League. This season, in 30 League One appearances, the diminutive wing-back has recorded the second most assists in the Robins' side, with eight, and has also put the ball in the back of the net on three occasions. 

Both Derby and Wolves can't say with any degree of certainty which division they will be in next season, while the South West-based club look certain for promotion back to the Championship under Steve Cotterill. 

Do Derby or Wolves need Joe Bryan? 

Although the youngster looks to have huge potential, the two teams in question will surely wait to see which division they are in next season before making a decision on who they want to bring into the club. 

The Rams, who start regularly with Craig Forsyth in the left-back position, signed ex-Leeds United captain Stephen Warnock in January, so will be highly unlikely to make move for a player in the same position again in the summer. 

Wolves have Tommy Rowe, Kortney Hause and Scott Goldbourne, all of whom can play left-back, so similarly to Derby would be unlikely to make a move on the youngster unless a deal was too good to turn down. 

Furthermore, if the Robins are promoted this season, the Bristol-born defender may want to stick at his hometown club for another year, regardless of the speculated interest from other clubs, to try and establish himself first and help his side achieve back-to-back promotions. 

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