Bristol City remain hopeful of keeping hold of star striker Nicky Maynard.

The Mirror says City are opening contract talks with star striker Maynard in a desperate bid to keep him.

Maynard, 24, who is out of contract next summer, has scored five times since returning to action last month following knee surgery.

Current suitors include Blackburn, Fulham and Everton.

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