Bristol City remain in the market for forward additions this window though it is a difficult window to recruit in, with wages falling and little money for spending across the EFL.
City, as manager Nigel Pearson has explained previously, are only looking to bring in real quality and someone better than what they already have at the Robins High Performance Centre.
That makes the odds of bringing in further additions harder than in recent years and more unlikely than likely. But City continue to work hard and are hopeful that a late opportunity may come up that sees them bring in the fifth window recruit that Pearson asked for at the beginning of the summer.
One striker on the market is 28-cap Slovenia international Andraz Sporar, who Middlesbrough are hopeful of tying up a deal for in the next days.
The Sporting forward was offered to Bristol City back in January 2020 – with Lee Johnson preferring Nahki Wells instead – but it is unlikely that the Robins will contest for that signing with Neil Warnock, who is eager to add a third forward to the ranks at Teesside after Uche Ikpeazu and Sammy Ameobi arrived at Boro this window.
Meanwhile, Bristol Live has learned that Rotherham United striker Michael Smith is no longer a transfer target for the Robins.
Smith, who has also been tracked by Warnock and Middlesbrough too, is available for the right money this window, and was heavily considered by City earlier in the summer as the club looked for a striker to replace the departing Famara Diedhiou.
Millers boss Paul Warne has spoken about Championship interest in the forward this window but the Robins have ultimately decided against bringing in the 29-year-old, preferring other transfer targets they deem to have a higher ceiling of ability.
Smith, who has started the season well in League One, including scoring a blockbuster winner against Morecambe recently, could still be bought by a Championship club this window though his price tag is believed to have gone up due to the end of the window approaching and how little time the Millers would have to source a replacement.
And while there was speculation at the weekend that Nahki Wells could depart Ashton Gate, Bristol Live understands that is unlikely, that the player has not been put up for sale and that Wells is determined to play his way into the Bristol City side and show his best form in BS3.
Every player has a price however but a late window transfer is not currently on the horizon.
Meanwhile, City defender Taylor Moore has been reported as available for loan, with Portsmouth, Wigan and Hearts all credited with following the 24-year-old centre-back.
Bristol Live understands that Portsmouth do not hold an interest in the player (via our sister site Hampshire Live) and that the Scottish SPFL side are currently winning the race for Moore’s signature.
Moore has made just one appearance this season, in the loss on penalties to Forest Green Rovers as he was given a tough evening by Green striker Jamille Matt and Bristol City have a decision to make on the defender’s future.
Indeed, Jambos forward Armand Gnanduillet may have hinted at Moore heading to Tynecastle, with his Instagram story on Wednesday mentioning Moore heading “au nord”.