Championship leaders Cardiff City have had a bid rejected for Fleetwood Town defender Amari’i Bell, reports HITC.
The 23-year-old moved to the Highbury Stadium back in 2015 after a four-year stint at Championship side Birmingham City, with whom he signed his first professional contract back in 2012, but only played for once in his time at St Andrew’s, that came back in January 2014 against Leicester City.
But he has since gone from strength to strength with the Cod Army, playing 106 games for the club in the last two years, 92 of which have come in League One to help the side to a 19th place finish in 2016, before securing a sensational fourth place finish last term.
And his fine efforts for Fleetwood have not gone unnoticed, as recent reports suggest that Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have had a bid turned down by the club for the 23-year-old left-back.
The Bluebirds have made a stunning start to the new Championship season and currently sit top of the division after winning their first three games, yet manager Warnock clearly wants further reinforcements to keep the South Wales outfit there for the duration.
And acquiring the talented Bell would certainly aid in that quest, but Fleetwood have rebuffed their approaches, leaving Warnock with a decision to make as to whether or not to go in for the 23-year-old again before the August 31 deadline.
The Verdict: Joe Bennett’s impending move to Fulham is set to leave Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock slightly short in the left-back department, so a reported bid for Fleetwood Town’s Amari’i Bell is hardly a surprise.
The 23-year-old has been a star performer for the Cod Army ever since his move from Birmingham City two years ago, and given the calibre of clubs interested in his services, namely that of Cardiff, Hull, and MK Dons, he has clearly made quite the impression.
But it is Cardiff who tried to seize the initiative in the chase by launching a bid for the defender, although Fleetwood have rebuffed that.
Yet the League One outfit are in a tricky position as Bell’s contract expires at the end of the season, so they have a decision to make this month as to whether or not cash in on the defender.
And early indications suggest that they are willing to keep hold of the left-back.
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