Liam Manning reveals the third position he would like to sign and drops a hint at Bristol City

Liam Manning has revealed he also has a full-back on his summer shopping list and the Bristol City boss is confident he will be backed by the board as any arrivals can provide both improved quality and depth to his squad.

It has long been recognized that City’s main targets in the next window are a physical No9 who is a different type of striker to Tommy Conway and Nahki Wells and a crafted No10, either called Scott Twine or in that form.

The Robins loaned out Dire Mebude in January to try and provide pace and trickery in wide areas, but the 19-year-old has made just three bare substitute appearances and clearly hasn’t proven to Manning on the training ground that he’s fit . the level of pursuing anything beyond what eventually became a glorified probationary period.

With the Scotland Under-21 international returning to KVC Westerlo in Belgium, outside of emerging talent Elijah Morrison, who made his debut in the penultimate game of last season, City have no natural winger outside of Mark Sykes, with Sam. Bell more of a wide forward and Anis Mehmeti an inside forward.

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol, Manning also indicated that the likely additions would need to be as Championship-ready as possible, unlike someone like Mebude, as the Robins would require a short-term return on their investment.

“I have a number, but I’m afraid to give it away in case I’m held by it: We need a 10, we need a 9, and we need a wing, eventually,” Manning said for Ed Hadwin at Sound of the City. “In terms of depth, competition; We’ve already got some really talented players in those areas, but when you look at the balance of the squad, the make-up, having different profiles is important, so those are things we’ll be looking to do.

“And the mix of people who are ready now versus potential, I think that’s the key to getting it right – we’ve got to add people who can go and score goals now, who’ve either got a taste for the level or show the level, whether it’s in England or abroad, they’re able to hit the ground running, that’s the key part. Although we’re not completely moving away from who we are as a group and what we’re trying to recruit.

“It’s a challenge, the fees involved, so you have to be smart, you still have to be smart, but in terms of what we want to do, it’s mainly top notch.”