Cardiff City are yet to make a signing this month – but will there be anymore outgoings?
Both Armand Traore and Gary Madine have left the club this month, but Neil Harris is yet to make his first signing as Bluebirds boss.
Less than two weeks remain of the January transfer window and fans will be getting unsettled with the lack of incoming players, they’ve barely been linked with potential signings either – Souleyman Doumbia of Rennes was rumoured, but fans have heard nothing since.
Harris has stated earlier in the season though that he’d need to dramatically reduce his squad size before he could bolster. He’s made a start with Traore and Madine, who’s since signed for Blackpool, but will there be anymore to follow?
Here we take a look at two Cardiff player who should be on their way out this month:
Neil Warnock left Harris with a huge squad, and almost a whole starting eleven of strikers. This department will be the first that Harris will look to trim, and Omar Bogle will likely be the first name on the discard list.
The forward burst onto the scene with Solihull Moors and then Grimsby Town. He looked like an exciting player who was ready to make the step-up and he did so with Wigan. But it didn’t work out with the Latics, and he’s since found himself in South Wales.
Various loan-spells have followed and with varying degrees of failure, leaving his career is at a cross-roads – he played a handful of games when Warnock was in charge but has played less than an hours worth of football under Harris.
Expect Bogle to be moved on before the end of the month.
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A man who’s proven a cult-figure wherever he’s been, Bamba’s loan-awaited return from injury earlier in the month was ‘supposed’ to solve Cardiff’s defensive problems.
The 35-year-old had been sidelined with a knee ligament injury since March and made his return in the final minutes of Cardiff’s 4-2 win over Birmingham in November. But he’s since struggled for game-time having started just three times, and it looks as though his charm has worn off.
A player who only last season was arguably Cardiff’s best player in the Premier League, his most recent injury seems to have taken its toll. His performances since returning have been abject, shot of pace and just tired in general.
With his contract due to expire in the summer, the chances of a renewal are minute – expect Harris to try and move Bamba on this month to save themselves some money in wages.