Bristol City have confirmed Nicky Maynard is the subject of talks with Wigan Athletic.

Robins boss Derek McInnes would prefer to sell Maynard now rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer.

A number of Premier League clubs have been credited with an interest in Maynard, but Wigan have jumped to the front of the queue for the former Crewe man.

A Bristol City statement read: "City have given Wigan Athletic permission to speak to Nicky Maynard.

"Discussions to finalise a transfer fee with the Premier League club are at advanced stage.

"The club now awaits news of talks between Wigan and the 25-year-old former Crewe Alexandra forward."