Bristol City target Swansea City skipper Garry Monk
BRISTOL City have targeted Garry Monk — but Swansea City's skipper is not interested in leaving the Liberty.
The Evening Post can reveal Robins boss Derek McInnes is keen to lure Monk across the Severn Bridge this summer.
But we understand Swansea's club captain wants to stay on in Wales and fight for a place in Michael Laudrup's side.
Monk is a hugely influential figure in the Liberty dressing room and to lose him now would be far from ideal following Swansea's latest change of manager.
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But one of the key factors in determining his long-term future will of course be the opinion of Laudrup.
Monk is a stalwart of the Swansea playing staff having arrived at Vetch Field eight years ago and worn the armband on a full-time basis since Roberto Martinez's spell as a player came to an end in 2006.
A strong personality and consistent performer in central defence, he is the only player ever to have captained Swansea in all four divisions and has been widely tipped to take a role on the club's coaching staff when he eventually hangs up his boots.
But for all his determination to remain at a club he now considers his own, Monk is unlikely to be happy as a fringe figure in Laudrup's squad.
If it becomes apparent during the course of pre-season that he is going to be sidelined under Swansea's new management, Monk may be willing to consider the chance to move on.
For now, though, the 33-year-old's focus is sure to be on trying to impress Swansea's new man at the top.
Monk, who has made more than 250 Swansea appearances, played 18 times last season despite the fact that Ashley Williams and Steven Caulker were Brendan Rodgers's first-choice pairing at centre-back.
With Caulker now back at Tottenham after his season-long loan spell, Swansea are a club who need to strengthen their options in that department rather than limit them further.
Laudrup is interested in Genoa's Spanish central defender Chico Flores, but the Dane would not be swamped with defensive alternatives even if he arrives.
Monk still has two years to run on his Swansea contract, and will be entitled to a testimonial match in 2014.
It is therefore likely to require a considerable financial package to compensate him should he leave Swansea before his current deal expires. Bristol City have failed with a £250,000 bid for Coventry defender Richard Keogh already this summer, and they have also been linked with Cardiff's Anthony Gerrard.
Monk, like the rest of Swansea's squad, will meet Laudrup for the first time when pre-season training kicks off next Monday.
Laudrup was due to make a flying visit to the Liberty today after jetting into Britain yesterday.
It is thought he will meet the club's backroom staff for the first time before leaving these shores once more.