Report: Lee Johnson wants Jason Cummings as first Bristol City signing after scouting mission

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Lee Johnson reportedly wants to make Hibernian striker Jason Cummings his first Bristol City signing this summer.

According to The Scottish Sun, new Bristol City manager Lee Johnson travelled to watch Hibernian striker Jason Cummings in action on Tuesday night.

Johnson, 34, left Barnsley to take the Bristol City job earlier this month, returning to Ashton Gate having made almost 200 appearances for the Robins during his playing career.

The former midfielder now follows in the footsteps of his father Gary Johnson by managing Bristol City, and his immediate target is to keep the Robins in the Championship, as they currently sit five points clear of the drop zone.

Should Johnson keep Bristol City in the Championship, he is expected to have a big transfer budget at his disposal in the summer - and The Scottish Sun report that he is looking to make Hibernian striker Jason Cummings his first signing at the end of the season.

Cummings, 20, has smashed 20 goals this season after 21 goals last term, and he has earned a reputation as being one of Scotland's top young talents.

Now, it's suggested that Johnson watched Tuesday's night's Edinburgh derby between Hibernian and his former club Hearts at Easter Road, with Cummings the subject of his visit - and he saw the striker score the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Hibs, but the forward was also sent off late on.

It's stated that Hibs would want a fee of £800,000 for Cummings, and that should be well within Bristol City's budget - and a bid could arrive in the summer if Johnson was suitably impressed with his performance on Tuesday.

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