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Cardiff City weighing up move for Championship defender



Championship side Cardiff City are weighing up whether to approach Millwall regarding the services of Mahlon Romeo ahead of the summer window, as per a report from Wales Online.

The 26-year-old spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at League One outfit Portsmouth, taking a surprising step down despite being a regular for the Lions during 2020/21 season, making 35 league appearances for Gary Rowett’s men.

He made the same number of third-tier appearances for Danny Cowley’s side, managing to remain fit for the vast majority of his spell at Fratton Park and operating both as a wing-back and a more defensive full-back on the south coast.

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With Pompey yet to move for him permanently, this could open the door to other sides to recruit the 26-year-old, especially with Danny McNamara now establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at The Den.

The Bluebirds, meanwhile, may need a new wing-back on the right-hand side if Perry Ng remains in a more central position because it’s currently unclear whether Leeds United’s Cody Drameh will return to the Welsh capital following a successful loan spell at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The same Wales Online report has revealed sources close to the outlet believe he will attract interest from clubs currently above the Welsh side, though a return hasn’t been ruled out at this stage.

The Verdict:

It may take Romeo a while to get back up to speed in the second tier once again after plying his trade in the third tier – but he could be a useful addition considering he still has plenty of experience under his belt at this level.

Signing a new long-term contract back in 2020, he isn’t due to be out of contract until the summer of 2024 but considering McNamara is likely to be the new long-term option in his position, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Lions were to agree to a cut-price fee to offload him.

The money generated from this sale and the removal of a first-teamer’s salary off their wage bill may help Rowett to bring one or two players in and this could be vital considering they will need to fill the attacking void left by Benik Afobe and Jed Wallace this summer.

Cardiff will only have a limited amount to spend this summer so this will be important if they are to strike a longer-term agreement with their second-tier rivals, though a loan move may also be an option for them.

This may be unlikely considering the fact they will be reluctant to help out a team in the same division – but if they did want to give him one more chance to shine – another season-long loan may be the option they pursue. And this could suit the Bluebirds.

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