Report: Derby County make £6m bid for Bristol City's Aden Flint

Gary Rowett manager of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Bristol City face a challenge keeping centre-back Aden Flint with Championship rivals Derby County making a move.

Aden Flint of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides first goal but it is later disallowed during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at...

Bristol City are just two points adrift of the second automatic promotion position in the Championship table but the team occupying that coveted runners-up spot, Derby County, are attempting to deliver a huge blow to the Robins’ Premier League dreams.

Because the Sun (28 January, page 59) states that Bristol City have been forced to reject a bid from the Rams for star centre-back Aden Flint.

The 6ft 7ins powerhouse is one of the most in-demand defenders outside of the top flight and it is not difficult to work out why. Flint was instrumental as Lee Johnson’s side stayed up last season and has taken his game to another level this season, even scoring seven goals at the other end of the pitch.

Aden Flint of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Derby County on April 19, 2016 in Bristol, United Kingdom.

And it is understood that Derby rate Flint so highly that they have offered as much as £6 million, although Bristol City want an eight-figure sum for their talisman.

The Sun adds that Bristol City are hoping to sign Ipswich Town’s Adam Webster for £4 million as cover for, or perhaps to replace, Flint before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

Adam Webster of Ipswich Town passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road on October 22, 2017 in Ipswich, England.

27-year-old Flint has also been the subject of Premier League interest, Brighton seeing a £6 million bid rejected last week, as reported by Sky Sports.

West Brom are also keen on the former Swindon Town man and might step up their interest if Jonny Evans makes his expected move to Arsenal before January becomes February, the Sun claims.

But it remains to be seen whether Derby are still in the race.

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