Bristol City "in talks" with former Porto midfielder Akos Buzsaky
By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 05:00
Bristol City are involved in a two-way fight for Hungarian international Akos Buzsaky with Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.
Former Porto midfielder Buzsaky is a free agent after failing to agree a new contract with Premier League Queens Park Rangers last week.
He is eager to remain in English football and is attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Premier League outfit West Ham and Championship clubs Cardiff and Blackpool.
However, City and Forest are leading the race to sign the 30-year-old, who scored 18 goals in 76 games for QPR.
It is understood that the Budapest-born midfielder has held talks with City officials and is now considering an offer to move to Ashton Gate, although he is also speaking to Forest, who are pushing hard to sign him, despite not having a manager following the departure of Steve Cotterill from the club at the end of last week.
Robins boss Derek McInnes has taken his first-team squad to Marbella for a week of warm-weather training, leaving chairman Keith Dawe and director Jon Lansdown to conduct talks with Buzsaky.
A source close to Ashton Gate said: "There has been contact between Buzsaky and the club and discussions are continuing. It now appears to be a straight fight between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest and it will probably come down to who offers the best personal terms."
Although McInnes has already recruited Jody Morris this summer, the Londoner is seen as a replacement for Kalifa Cisse, who this week joined Bolton on trial, there remains a requirement for an attacking midfield player with an eye for goal and Buzsaky fits the bill.
At home on the left of midfield or playing behind a striker, the Hungarian began his career in Portugal with Porto and moved to England when Ian Holloway brought him to Plymouth in 2005.
He joined QPR in 2008 and played an integral role in the London club winning the Championship title in 2010-11.
Buzsaky made 21 appearances in the Premier League last season and scored two goals, but fell out of favour after Mark Hughes succeeded Neil Warnock as manager.
He was offered a new deal at the end of last season, but was unable to agree personal terms and announced his decision to leave Loftus Road last week.
Blue Square Bet South side Weston-super-Mare welcome League One Swindon Town for a friendly tonight (7.30pm).