With the January transfer window well underway, we take a look at the moves currently being made by Cardiff in a busy day of ins and outs.
Greg Halford was the first recruit added to the bluebirds having put pen to paper on an 18-month deal this morning. The versatile 32-year-old, described by Warnock as “brilliant wherever he played” arrived from Rotherham and was swiftly followed by another addition in the shape of Ibrahim Meite.
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The young striker has been on trial with an array of clubs having impressed playing for non-league Harrow Borough, one of them being Premier League Champions, Leicester City. Harrow boss Steve Barker hailed the 20-year-olds potential as “absolutely huge” following a return of 11 in 16 so far this season. The Meite signing is seemingly a no-brainer, joining with no fee, which will please Tan and a financially concerned Cardiff, battling with the Financial Fair Play which they were on the wrong side of last term.
A boost in that department which will shock many, is the departure of Lex Immers by mutual agreement. Immers signed after impressing club and fans alike on loan at the tail end of last season but has suffered a loss of firm since making the move permanent and never featured in Warnock’s plans. The boss confirmed the news in today’s press conference and pointed out the opportunity to free up wages for some much-desired replacements.
Had a great time @CardiffCityFC Thanks to everybody in and around the club. Some things can change your life, i should always love this club
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One of which is Scunthorpe goalkeeper Luke Daniels, with 10 clean sheets would improve a Cardiff side with only 2 clean sheets this season. A player who could be going the other way is striker Adam Le Fondre, the result of a hangover from the turbulence of having four managers in two years, which Warnock pointed out when discussing trimming down the squad.
The Cardiff manager added “I still think we need a striker if we can get the right one, it depends on who goes out during the window” and with Sol Bamba back in the side brings into question the status of Bruno Ecuele Manga, though with the defender at the African Nations Cup there has been no update.
A name linked heavily with the bluebirds has been Derby winger Abdoul Camara. The Guinea international would add a player of real quality but wouldn’t come cheap. Rivals Wolves and Ligue 1 outfits Toulouse and Montpellier have been keeping tabs on the pacey attacker.
The F.A Cup tie against Fulham on Sunday will give a chance for squad rotation and the first opportunity for Jazz Richards under Warnock. There is also a possibility that Greg Halford could play, but Ibrahim Meite has already featured for Harrow in the earlier rounds. The 11:30am kick off is live on BBC Wales.