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Fulham link with Maynard rubbished

last updated Thursday 20th May 2010, 11:02 AM
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Nicky Maynard
Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown has rubbished media speculation linking star striker Nicky Maynard with Europa League runners-up Fulham.

National newspaper reports this week suggested Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is lining-up a bid in excess of £4m for Maynard, who scored 21 goals for the Championship side last season, 20 in the league itself.

According to reports, the Cottagers are looking for a potential replacement for Bobby Zamora, the former Bristol Rovers striker, who is supposedly being courted by Everton and Aston Villa.

A hot property after finishing as the Championship's second-highest goal-scorer, 23-year-old Maynard has also been linked with Wolves and West Brom.

But Lansdown poured cold water on the speculation, insisting City have yet to receive a single inquiry for Maynard, let alone a firm offer.

He said: "This is nothing more than press speculation and, just because something is reported in a newspaper, does not mean it is going to happen.

"I've seen the stories and I can assure our supporters we have not had any contact from Fulham, or any other club for that matter, with regard to Nicky Maynard. If Fulham or any other club wants to talk to us about one of our players, then they should contact us directly rather than go through the media.

"At this moment in time, there has been no interest shown by any club in any of our players."

He added: "We know Nicky well and we know his agent and have a good relationship with him. He wouldn't be putting these stories about."

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