By Russell Edge

2nd Sep, 2020 | 11:00am

Exclusive: Bristol City open talks to sign player who's recently quit West Brom

Bristol City are in talks to sign midfielder Chris Brunt on a free transfer after his exit from West Brom this summer, Football Insider understands.

The Baggies confirmed back in June that the 35-year-old’s 13-year stay at the Hawthorns would come to an end when his contract expired at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

A source at Ashton Gate has told Football Insider that the Robins are in negotiations with the Northern Ireland international to join the club on a free and extend his stay in the Championship.

Brunt joined West Brom from Sheffield Wednesday back in 2007 and went on to play 421 times for Baggies across all competitions.

Most of his appearances came in the Premier League as he scored 25 goals and contributed a further 57 assists in 269 top-flight matches.

He is also a seasoned campaigner in the second tier with 202 Championship games under his belt, while he has picked up 65 caps for Northern Ireland.

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A versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the middle of the pitch, Brunt acted as a backup option for Slaven Bilic in the Baggies’ promotion-winning campaign last season, with just seven league appearances to his name.

It is understood new Bristol City boss Dean Holden is keen to add some experience to his ranks this summer and has identified Brunt as a potentially valuable addition to the squad.

City have already seen the experienced Matty Taylor, Bailey Wright and Korey Smith leave the club on free transfers, while Marley Watkins has joined Aberdeen on loan.

The Robins’ only new signing to date is 23-year-old midfielder Joe Williams from Wigan Athletic.

In other Bristol City news, the club have submitted a new deal offer to a defender.