Manager Neil Warnock Closes In On Cardiff City Midfield Signing

Neil Warnock remains keen on adding a midfield player to his Bluebirds squad and that could yet be Welshman Joe Ledley.

Cardiff City have two potential targets and Ledley is one of those.

The transfer deadline is 11pm this evening, but Wales international Ledley remains a free agent having been released by Crystal Palace last season. He will still be able to join a club after when the window has closed.

He has been linked with a number of clubs including some in Turkey and China.

Fairwater-born Ledley, 30, moved to Celtic and then Crystal Palace after leaving Cardiff.

Manager Warnock has been given the go-ahead to bring a player in and Ledley is willing to take a cut in wages to sign for his home  city club.

Aron Gunnarsson, Loic Damour and Joe Ralls have been consistently effective in midfield, but City need extra competition for places.

Ledley has not played this season and will be short of match fitness, but he could be the right fit at the right time.

While Warnock finalises his move for a midfield player, winger Craig Noone is still looking to move on.

His loan move to Bolton Wanderers has stalled because they are under an embargo and are unable to pay Noone’s wages.

Wanderers could reach £5,000-a-week, but Noone is on four times that and more with Cardiff.

Merthyr Tydfil-born Declan John has completed his season-long loan to Rangers.

John has passed his medical and agreed terms with Rangers and the 22-year-old Welshman has become manager Pedro Caixinha’s 11th signing of the summer transfer window.

John came through the youth system at Cardiff and made 16 appearances for Neil Warnock’s side last season, helping them secure a mid-table finish. He has not featured for the first team this season.

John, 22, came through Cardiff’s academy and has two Welsh international caps, but he has not featured for the Championship leaders this season.

“This is such a massive club, and as soon as I heard Rangers were in for me, it was a ‘yes’ straight away,” said John.

“It’s going to be an amazing time for me and I’m sure I will enjoy it.”

John made 20 Premier League appearances for the Bluebirds during 2013-14 when he was a teenager.

Matty Kennedy may join a Championship club on loan today, while Cardiff are still fending off interest in Kenneth Zohore.

Two Bluebirds’ away fixtures have been moved because they are being shown live on Sky television.

Birmingham City away has been moved forward 24 hours to Friday, October 13 (7.45pm). It was originally scheduled for the Saturday.

Cardiff will go to Bristol City on Friday, November 3 (7.45pm). The game had been due to kick-off at noon the next day.

The away allocation for both fixtures is 2,500.

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