Home Football Report: O’Dowda Attracting Interest After Being Frozen Out By Bristol City

Report: O’Dowda Attracting Interest After Being Frozen Out By Bristol City

International Friendly, Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland 11/9/2018 Poland vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Callum O'Dowda with Grzegorz Krychowiak of Poland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Irish international Callum O’Dowda is reportedly set to leave Bristol City this summer after allegedly being “frozen out” by the club after refusing to sign a new contract.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, O’Dowda has been fit for some time despite not playing for the Championship club since early March.

O’Dowda had impressed during the first half of the Championship season and was linked with a move to Leeds United but a £10 million price tag reportedly scared them off.

City then activated an option year on his contract and look set to sell the Irish international during the summer as they do not want to let him go on a free transfer.

The 23-year old will join up with the Irish squad at their training camp in the Algarve on Sunday and is expected to attract interest from both Premier League and Championship clubs during this transfer window.

The report also outlines that O’Dowda’s decision to travel to Dublin to meet manager Mick McCarthy and attend the FAI player of the year awards while out with a knee injury in March did not go down well with Bristol City.

It is thought that the Ashton Gate club will look for around £6 million for the winger which could interest Leeds United once again as they look to build upon their promotion push this season.

A move and return to regular football would no doubt be a massive boost for both O’Dowda and Ireland with his recent performances in green suggesting that he could become a very important player under the new McCarthy regime.

Bristol City have already been doing some early business this offseason after they sold defender Lloyd Kelly to Bournemouth for £13 million.

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