Cardiff City Summer Transfer Rumours: 5 Latest Names Linked to the Bluebirds

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 12, 2013

Cardiff City Summer Transfer Rumours: 5 Latest Names Linked to the Bluebirds

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    Yet to make any squad improvements this summer, Cardiff City are currently the slowest of the three sides promoted from the Championship this term.

    That isn’t to say that the South Wales outfit haven’t been linked with their fair share of additions and the club’s Malaysian owners have certain assurances to uphold when it comes to spending.

    Read on to find the latest rumours regarding just who might be moving to the Cardiff City Stadium. 

5. Mike Williamson

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    Having worked with the Newcastle United defender during their stint at Watford together, Malky Mackay seems eager to reunite with Mike Williamson this summer.

    Chronicle Live suspect that City would be able to lure the centre-back away from St. James’ Park for a fee of just £2 million. Considering Williamson struggled to get into Alan Pardew’s first XI last term, the Magpies manager may be open to selling the defender at this point.

    In the Welsh capital, Williamson would be more assured of a starting spot.  However, with three years remaining on his Newcastle contract it could take some convincing to join the reigning Championship title holders.

4. Thomas Ince

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    As they prepare for their first Premier League season, it’s Championship players who have taken up a majority of Cardiff’s transfer speculation, one of whom is Blackpool starlet Thomas Ince.

    Ince, who will be making his way home from a failed England Under-21 European Championship this week, was one of the most impressive players in England’s second tier last season, scoring 18 goals and making 14 assists for the Tangerines.

    However, Wales Online have reported that Liverpool could be set to snap up their former academy player, meaning that the Bluebirds certainly face steep competition in luring the youngster to Wales.

3. Danny Graham

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    Attacking reinforcements have certainly been some of the most common players associated with a switch to Malky Mackay’s side this summer.

    One of the latest to emerge in that vein is Sunderland striker Danny Graham who, after moving to the Stadium of Light in January, has failed to make any impact.

    According to the Daily Star, Paolo Di Canio’s Northeast revolution could see the departures of numerous first-team players who currently fall short of the mark in the Italian’s eyes, of which Graham would appear to be one.

    This transfer has a particular bit of controversy about it concerning the forward’s recent history at Swansea City, but Mackay’s side would still welcome Graham’s presence up front at a supposed price of £4 million. 

2. Peter Odemwingie

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    Following the January debacle which saw Peter Odemwingie drive to Loftus Road thinking that he had earned a move to QPR, the Nigerian international may not remain on West Brom’s books for much longer.

    As The Guardian reported at the time, Baggies boss, Steve Clarke, described the decision as “total lunacy” on the player’s behalf, and his time at the Hawthorns may be up with just a year left on his contract.

    However, The Mirror have said that Cardiff City face competition in their hunt for the 31-year-old as fellow promoted pair, Hull City and Crystal Palace, raise interest in the striker.

    As if that wasn’t enough, Swansea City, set for their first Europa League campaign, are also looking into Odemwingie’s signature.

    The report says that the striker would be available for a fee of just £3 million, but considering he’s turning 32 just next month, is this the right way forward for the club?

1. Salomon Kalou

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    After just a year away from England’s top flight, former Chelsea winger, Salomon Kalou, appears ready for a Premier League return.

    According to Wales Online, Cardiff are one such side who’d be more than willing to grant the Ivorian his wish after one successful campaign with Lille in Ligue 1.

    Scoring 14 goals in 28 appearances, Kalou has found his touch as part of a starting setup once again and could be a major coup for the Bluebirds.

    That being said, the 27-year-old’s wages might still require some negotiations if he were to join the promoted club, regardless of how much money owner Vincent Tan has promised to spend.