Leeds United are reportedly set to sign defender Luke Ayling.
Luke Ayling of Bristol City (R) in action with Nathan Byrne of Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol City defender Luke Ayling looks set to leave the club in order to join Championship rivals Leeds United, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Ayling, 24, has been a vital player for the Robins ever since signing from Yeovil Town in the summer of 2014, racking up almost 100 appearances for the club whilst scoring four goals.
Luke Ayling of Bristol City (L) in action with Albert Adomah of Middlesbrough
Now, despite starting in Bristol City's opening day win over Wigan Athletic, Ayling appears to be heading out of Ashton Gate and up to West Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on Wednesday evening that Leeds had agreed a three-year deal to sign Ayling, who has already completed a medical with the Whites, whilst the Daily Mail report that the fee involved is £750,000.
Leeds United's Mustapha Carayol in action with Bristol City's Luke Ayling
Ayling, who has played at right wing back, right back and centre back during his time at Ashton Gate, will bring proven versatility across Garry Monk's back four, whilst he's no stranger to Leeds centre back Kyle Bartley.
Bartley and Ayling came up through the ranks at Arsenal together, and should strike up an instant rapport, which may please Leeds fans – but Ayling's move appears to have split Bristol City supporters.
Luke Ayling of Bristol City (R) in action with Paul Gallagher of Preston North End
As reports of Ayling's move to Elland Road broke, Bristol City supporters took to Twitter in order to discuss the deal, and many believe that the £750,000 is a great deal for the club, as Ayling is a liability defensively and only offers anything going forward.
However, others believe that selling Ayling ahead of another right back, Mark Little, is a mistake, and think that Ayling may even emulate Greg Cunningham, who starred for Preston last season after Bristol City allowed him to leave.
Here are some of the reactions from Bristol City fans as Ayling nears a move to Leeds United...
Il be gutted if ayling leaves!! Always rated him but in Johnson we trust!! #BristolCity— Chris Bryant (@Bryant1chris) August 10, 2016
Really sad about Ayling leaving us for Leeds. Rather Mark Little left us. Think we really could of done with Ayling's versatility in defence— Chris Hall (@Chrissy__Hall) August 10, 2016
Can't believe we're letting Leeds have Ayling.... Can see another Cunningham happening....— Brett Liddiatt © (@Brett_Liddiatt) August 10, 2016
Luke Ayling - decent footballer on the ball, a bit of a liability defensively. Eliminate that and a solid player at championship level.— ashley jackson (@_ashleyjackson_) August 10, 2016
#BristolCity Luke Ayling firmly this seasons Greg Cunningham— Jimmer (@brizzlejim) August 10, 2016
Can't believe we are going to get 750k for ayling. Great character, gives his all but.... Cant' defend and gets caught forward all the time.— Andrew Cryer (@andrew_cryer) August 10, 2016
Decent money for Ayling IMO. Assuming £750k is correct. Better going forward than defending! #profit— Simmo (@SimmosHouse) August 10, 2016
Shame to see Ayling leave good player who carries the team forward he will be missed https://t.co/Nn88pm3Zml— Greg Harvey (@GregHarvey55) August 10, 2016
Luke Ayling has been so underrated for so long. A great defender, great ball control, very calm and composed. He loves the fans too— Lükë (@ffsitsluke) August 10, 2016
Do you think Ayling is a good signing for Bristol City?