Sven Goran-Eriksson has all but given hope of signing Nicky Maynard, after watching the Bristol City striker's double condem Eriksson's Leicester City to their second defeat in a week.

"He is always dangerous because of the pace he has," Eriksson said.

"You always need two players against him. His goalscoring record is very, very good and he is a very good player. But I am not sure that the player wants to come or the club wants to sell so it is very difficult."


Leicester have made three bids for Maynard, all of which have been turned down by Bristol City. And the match up against Eriksson’s No.1 transfer target was made even more depressing by the fact that Maynard scored both goals in the 2-1 win.

Bristol City’s Keith Millen said that despite the interest shown in Maynard this summer, he is hoping to keep his star.

"We would react like we have all summer (if there was another bid)," the manager said.

"Nicky is committed to the club. No-one has given us any money anywhere near what we would think about selling him for. So there is no decision to be made.

“We want to keep him and he knows that. We have made him a fantastic offer. My phone will be off now for the next 10 days and I won't be drinking with Sven!"

Having lost their last two games, Leicester will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they travel to play Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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