Championship pacesetters Southampton are poised to make a cut-price January move for Bristol City star Nicky Maynard according to the Daily
The Robins striker is out-of-contract this summer and is yet to commit his future to the Ashton Gate outfit.
The news will come as a blow to new manager Derek McInnes who will surely be looking to hold on to his prized asset after taking the hotseat on Wednesday.
The Saints have relied heavily on the goalscoring exploits of Rickie Lambert this season with the former Bristol Rovers striker notching eleven times in all competitions.
Manager Nigel Adkins is keen to find an equally prolific partner for Lambert with fellow strikers David Connolly and Jonathan Forte managing just six goals between them.