Bristol City have begun talks with in-demand Forest Green Rovers wing-back Kane Wilson, with the League Two Player of the Season available on a free transfer this summer, reports Bristol Live.
The 22-year-old has now emerged as a top target for Nigel Pearson this summer, following his impressive form for Forest Green in their title winning campaign.
Wilson finished the season with 13 assists, the highest in League Two and the defender managed to grab three goals as he helped his side gain promotion to League One for the first time in their history.
The wing-back has caught the eye of several EFL sides this season, with his aggressive style of play and his attacking threat that he showed several times this campaign. The 22-year-old’s athleticism has also been a key factor in his development to become one of the EFL’s best fullbacks.
While for Pearson, since he’s been in charge at Ashton Gate he has bemoaned the lack of wing-backs at the club. Midfielder Alex Scott has had to fill in that role for the majority of this season and it now looks as though Pearson is trying to fill that void with the signing of Wilson.
Wilson’s profile fits City’s transfer strategy of looking at the best talent in League One and League Two, offering relatively low-cost investment in terms of transfer fees and wages while also possessing high ceilings in terms of their development.
However, City aren’t alone in their pursuit with it believed that Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City are also keen on the 22-year-old this summer. Forest are currently preparing for the play-offs and therefore, if promotion is gained Forest may turn elsewhere.
While at Birmingham there is a lot of uncertainty around the club, with Lee Bowyer unsure of his future and the potential new ownership being discussed.
Therefore, Bristol City are trying to get ahead start and beat their rivals to the signature of the 22-year-old. It is obviously unclear which club he would prefer at this moment in time, but it does look unlikely that the defender will be playing for Forest Green in League One next season.