Robins miss out on McPhee - eye Heffernan
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Robins were hoping to persuade the Scottish hit-man to move to the West Country club, having had a £175,000 bid accepted for the player.
With Leeds United having also shown an interest in McPhee, the striker has decided to open discussions over personal terms with Portuguese club Beira Mar.
"We've spoken to McPhee's representatives and they have told us he has already agreed to sign with Beira Mar," City chairman Steve Lansdown told the club's official website.
"The decision is no reflection on Bristol City, we are told."
The news means that Robins player-manager Brian Tinnion will look to complete a deal for Notts County striker Paul Heffernan.
The 22-year-old, who scored a club leading total of 21 goals for The Magpies last season, has already rejected a numbers of offers for a new deal with the Meadow Lane club.
Tinnion has already spoken to the player about moving to the League One club, but The Magpies have stated talks are ongoing over a compensation fee for Heffernan.
Though Heffernan's deal with Notts County has expired, the Meadow Lane club would still command a fee, as he is under 24 years of age.
"We have been speaking to Bristol City with regards to compensation payments for him," Notts County operations manager Mark Durkin told the club's official website.
"Bristol City have made us a six figure sum with an add-on clause. The offer at present is not up to our valuation, although discussions are ongoing.
"At the moment, we are not expecting anything to progress until Bristol City and Paul agree terms."
One player that is set to stay at Ashton Gate next season is left back Craig Woodman, who has indicated he will sign a new contract with the club this summer.