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Bristol City complete most controversial January transfer

19:56 GMT+3 31/01/2017
MattyTaylor has crossed the Bristol divide for a fee of £300,000, having played, and scored, in almost every division below the Championship

Bristol City have completed one of the most controversial transfers of the January window, signing striker Matty Taylor from arch rivals Bristol Rovers.

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City have paid a fee of £300,000 for the 26-year-old, having activated his release clause.

Taylor has enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise through the divisions, and has played in the fifth, fourth, and third tiers in the last 21 months.

He could make his debut in the Championship this weekend against Rotherham, but is unlikely to feature for the club in Tuesday’s encounter against Sheffield Wednesday.

City have courted controversy already, announcing the deal with the words “welcome to Bristol”.

Taylor is a prolific striker, and has exceptional records at each level of the game; he scored 20 goals in 48 appearances in the National League, 27 in 46 in League Two and 16 in 27 in League One.

"I think we've got ourselves a natural goalscorer,” said manager Lee Johnson.

"It's been interesting to watch his progress. He's scored goals at every level he's played at and his next challenge is to do that in the Championship.



"Having seen other goalscorers make that step up, Sam Winnall as an example, if you can put the ball in the right areas then they'll inevitably stick it in the net.

"It'll be a big step up in standard for him, but he's been able to deal with every challenge that's been thrown at him so far in his career."

Bristol City are currently 21st in the Championship, while Rovers are eighth in League One.