By Wayne Veysey

10th Sep, 2020 | 10:55am

Exclusive: Bristol City turn attention to signing Cardiff City defender

Bristol City have set their sights on re-signing their former star Greg Cunningham from Cardiff City, Football Insider understands.

The 29-year-old spent three years at Ashton Gate between 2012 and 2015 after he joined from Manchester City.

A City sources has told Football Insider the club are keen on re-signing the left-back from Cardiff before the end of the transfer window and believe he would be tempted by a return to his former home.

Cunningham, who joined Cardiff from Preston North End back in 2018, has struggled for game time with the Bluebirds and has made just nine appearances to date.

He spent the first half of last season out on loan at Blackburn Rovers where he played 10 times before he suffered a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out of action for the rest of the campaign.

Now back to fitness after his lengthy layoff, the Republic of Ireland international has found himself behind Joe Bennett in the pecking order under manager Neil Harris and the club may be willing to let him leave before his contract runs out next summer.

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Bristol City manager Dean Holden is in the market for new defensive recruits and has identified Cunningham as a potentially affordable option who can offer great Championship experience.

Cunningham played 107 times for City during his first spell at Ashton Gate and has gone on to make 181 Championship appearances for various clubs.

He also has four international caps to his name and while his last appearance came back in 2013, he was on the bench for the European qualifiers in June 2019.

In other Bristol City news, it can be REVEALED the club have tabled a new defender contract offer.