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Bristol City tie up Clarkson deal

David Clarkson
Clarkson has scored 56 goals for Motherwell in 253 appearances

Bristol City have signed Scotland striker David Clarkson from Motherwell on a three-year contract.

The 23-year-old, who scored 14 goals in the Scottish Premier League last term, has moved in a reported £600,000 deal.

Clarkson also found the net on his international debut in May 2008 against the Czech Republic and has two caps.

Finding a new striker was one of manager Gary Johnson's priorities with Dele Adebola set to leave and Peter Styvar joining Skoda Xanthi on loan.

Adebola is due to sign for Championship rivals Nottingham Forest and Styvar will spend the 2009/10 season with Greek island side Xanthi.

Clarkson, who made his second international appearance against Argentina off the bench in November, has made 253 appearances for Motherwell and scored 56 goals since making his debut in December 2002.

We are striving to avoid a situation like Ross McCormack, who we lost to Cardiff for next to nothing

Motherwell chairman John Boyle

He told City's website: "The club's ambition is clearly to win promotion to the Premier League and that's my aim as a player.
"Last season the club just missed out on the play-offs, but that will be our minimum aim this year. We want to challenge for promotion.

"Moving here will help my international aspirations. I feel I've done well to get two caps already at such a young age and I want to build on that."

Johnson thought his club had made a long-term investment in capturing Clarkson.

"We've been keeping an eye on him and he's got himself into the Scottish international set-up, he's only 23 and one for the future as well and probably has still got more potential," said the manager.

"I think, in a couple of years time, he'll be worth a lot of money. He's got a lot of ability."

The departure leaves new Motherwell manager Jim Gannon struggling to form a team ahead of Thursday's opening Europa League qualifying tie against Llanelli.


But Motherwell chairman John Boyle said that it was a deal he could not refuse because of the financial uncertainty caused by the collapse of Setanta Sports and its broadcasting deal with the Scottish Premier League.

"We were most reluctant sellers in this case, but a player like David Clarkson, a current international, has a value and, with less than a year left on his current deal, we may have ended up getting very little in January or nothing at the end of the season," Boyle told his club website.

"We are striving to avoid a situation like Ross McCormack, who we lost to Cardiff for next to nothing, or Scott McDonald, who moved on for a fraction of his worth because he was coming to the end of his deal."

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