Preston knocked back in Fortune bid
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Coca-Cola Championship side Preston submitted two offers for Fortune but they were both knocked back by The Robins, who are reluctant to sell the stopper.
City player-boss Brian Tinnion (pictured) confirmed the bids from Preston before acknowledging his determination to keep Fortune at Ashton Gate.
"We turned down a £100,000 offer a little while ago and they've come back with an increased offer of £150,000 but we've rejected that too," Tinnion told the club's official website.
"I see Clayton very much in my plans for next season and I certainly don't want to sell him."
But Preston chairman Derek Shaw has revealed his club's offer was £100,000 in excess of what The Robins have stated.
Shaw commented: "I can confirm that we have had a bid for Bristol City's Clayton Fortune rejected. However, I have to go on record as saying that the final deal was more near £250,000 rather than the £150,000 that was quoted."
Meanwhile, Tinnion is aiming to strike a deal to bring Heffernan to the club after offering the Magpies forward a contract.
Though Heffernan's deal with Notts County has expired, he would still command a fee and this is also something the two clubs are discussing.
Tinnion added: "Paul is at home in Ireland at the moment but I have spoken to him and he seems keen to join us.
"There are other clubs interested so nothing is cut and dried. I don't think we have put in an official offer as yet but there are talks going on aimed at agreeing a fee."
A player who could leave Ashton Gate, though, is winger Aaron Brown who has rejected the offer of a new contract.
City chief Tinnion admits the 24-year-old could leave, with Brown targeting a move to The Championship.
"Aaron says he wants to talk to First Division clubs and he is within his rights to do that."