Lansdown explains Hill deal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol City have explained why they had to accept Preston's offer for Matthew Hill.Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown has revealed their reasoning for accepting a £100,000 offer for defender Matthew Hill from Championship side Preston North End.
The West Country club are resigned to losing the 23-year-old, as a clause in Hill's contract allows another club to speak with the former Ashton Gate trainee - if City's valuation of the defender has been met.
The Lilywhites have satisfied those demands and Hill is expected to travel to Lancashire on Wednesday to discuss personal terms with Billy Davies's side.
The news comes after The Robins had rejected a similar offer for Hill from Queens Park Rangers last week.
Lansdown told skysports.com that the situation is now out of the League One club's hands.
"He's going up to see them today," Lansdown said. "We await news following that.
"At the end of the day, this is something being forced upon us.
"We haven't put Matthew Hill up for sale or want to sell him.
"It's a contract clause which says if these circumstances arise, then we will grant [another club] permission."
Lansdown revealed that QPR's offer differed from Preston's in terms of the timing of payments.
"The clause in Matthew Hill's contract stipulates that an offer has to be made within a certain criteria and QPR didn't meet those criteria," he added.
"Part of the criteria is the timing of the payments, so it's technical rather than quantity really."
Meanwhile, City player-manager Brian Tinnion has stated he will support centre back Tony Butler, should he decide to take police action against Peterborough United striker Clive Platt.
The former West Bromwich Albion defender had several teeth displaced in a half time tunnel bust-up with Platt during City's 2-0 home win over Barry Fry's side on New Year's Day.
The incident means Butler could be out for up to five weeks and Tinnion says the club will back any decision the defender makes.
"If Tony wants to take police action, we'll back him," Tinnion said.
"I've been in the game 22 years and have never seen anything this bad."