Sam Baldock: Bristol City fend off Brighton & Hove Albion bids

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Cotterill wants 'smiling' Bristol City

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is confident captain Sam Baldock wants to stay at the club, despite attracting interest from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Cotterill told BBC Points West that he had turned down "derisory" bids for the 25-year-old striker, who was League One's top scorer last season.

And the City boss added: "Sam seems really happy. He hasn't given me one inclination that he wants to leave.

"Before the first bid came in from Brighton, he told me it was coming in."

Cotterill added: "I don't envisage him knocking on my door and saying he wants to go to Brighton. That's my gut feeling.

"But that's for Brighton - I can't say that if someone else comes in. I've been in the game long enough to not rule that one out.

"We've looked at all the bids but they're nowhere near it. The bids that we've had for Sam, for what he's done, have been derisory. I can only speak as I find it at the moment."

Sam Baldock
Baldock won League One's golden boot last season with 24 goals

Baldock started out at MK Dons and attracted interest from other clubs after a successful 2010-11 season, when he scored 14 goals in 34 games.

He went on to join West Ham in August 2011 but lost his place in the team after injury problems.

The following season, Bristol City signed him on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee and last term proved his most fruitful, with 26 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions.

Sam Baldock: Season-by-season
2005-06MK Dons (L1)One game, no goals
2006-07MK Dons (L2)Two games, no goals
2007-08MK Dons (L2)Nine games, no goals
2008-09MK Dons (L1)44 games, 13 goals
2009-10MK Dons (L1)28 games, 10 goals
2010-11MK Dons (L1)34 games, 14 goals
2011-12MK Dons (L1); West Ham (Champ)30 games, 11 goals
2012-13Bristol City (Champ)34 games, 10 goals
2013-14Bristol City (L1)54 games, 26 goals

Despite the interest of the summer, Baldock himself says he will not let the speculation disrupt him.

"I'm used to it now. I've been through plenty of off-seasons and transfer windows where there is speculation and I won't let it affect me," said the striker.

"I've got a job to do here and I'm looking forward to the season."

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