Bristol City reject bid for striker Nicky Maynard

Nicky Maynard
Bristol City paid Crewe £2.25m for Maynard in 2008

Bristol City have rejected a bid for striker Nicky Maynard.

The offer is believed to have come from Leicester City, while Nottingham Forest and Southampton have also enquired about the 24-year-old.

Maynard, who has a year left to run on his current deal, has been offered a fresh contract at Ashton Gate.

"I'm glad the new board are staying strong and I've said before I don't want to lose Nicky," boss Keith Millen told the club websiteexternal-link.

"Nicky is part of the team and squad I want to build for next season.

"The speculation has certainly heated up but he's back from holiday next week and I'll be looking to speak with him.

"Our stance is we still want him to sign a new contract, the board are strong and sticking to that."

Chairman Colin Sexstone added: "We had a direct offer from one club - which we rejected - and informal enquires from two other Championship clubs.

"Those clubs haven't made us an offer, but there was one phone call and one e-mail, asking if we would be interested in letting him go, and if so, how much would we want?

"The answer to both was no, but it means people are circling and I don't expect this will be the end of it."

Maynard has been at City since 2008 and has scored 38 goals in 103 games.