Here is what AFCB Chairman Peter Phillips had to say to the Bournemouth Exvening Echo: "We had a chat but there is a long way between our valuation and the amount Bristol City are prepared to pay so I suspect that will be the end of the matter. I would be very surprised if they were to come back. I think our valuation is substantially more than their offer, so I don't think we'll hear from them again. He indicated that they might increase their offer a little bit, but the gap between us is actually quite large so I doubt they will be able to bridge it. We value a proven 20-goal-a-season striker very highly and their argument is that James is out of contract at the end of the season and might go for nothing".
The City Chairman, Steve Lansdown has been recently quoted on their web site as saying: "We know Huddersfield bid for him, we know what that bid was and we know our offer was in excess of that. We feel our offer, which has been rejected, is a very good one for somebody who is out of contract at the end of the season. We'll continue to speak to Bournemouth, going back and forwards with them before hopefully agreeing on a figure. The figure Bournemouth have given to me is well in excess of our bid, so we are some way apart at the moment".