Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling is being linked with a move to League One rivals Bristol City. A fairly speculative article in today's Western Daily Press suggests that they are weighing up whether to make a formal offer for the 22 year old, who is out of contract at the end of this month.
The WDP report that City boss Steve Cotterill is away on holiday for the next ten days, and so they do not expect any developments on this front in the short term, however suggest that City had scouts watching Ayling at the end of last season, and that they are short of options in the right-back position at present.
As with many of these summer rumours, there are no quotes or sources revealed. The Western Gazette have previously linked Ayling with moves to Brentford and Ipswich Town although that has yet to turn into any firm evidence of interest.
The Glovers have issued Ayling with a contract offer, but initial feedback was that he had turned down the offer from the club. However, Ayling's situation is a little more complex than with other out of contract players, in that the club are entitled to a compensation fee as he falls under the age of 24. Having been on the club's books for over four years, and with the former Arsenal academy player having made 185 first team appearances since his arrival as an 18 year old, the Glovers would expect that to be substantial.
Any interested club would have to approach Yeovil Town to make an offer of compensation, or take the issue to a transfer tribunal. Thus it is highly likely that the Glovers will receive some contact from an interested club in due course.
Link: Luke Ayling : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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