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Cardiff must make this man their top target to fill the left-back berth



Cardiff City have enjoyed an excellent start to the new campaign, recording a trio of back to back opening wins for the first time in the history of the club.

Manager Neil Warnock will be delighted with his side’s progress, but good form attracts unwanted attention, and fullback Joe Bennett could be on his way to Fulham according to reports.

Warnock has worked hard to find a suitable replacement for the impressive defender, and has reportedly had a bid for Preston left back, Greg Cunningham, rejected in recent days.

It appears the former Sheffield United boss has abandoned his pursuit of the player, and turned his attentions to Fleetwood’s Amari’i Bell.

The 23-year-old graduated from the Birmingham City academy before embarking on a series of loan spells, and settled in the north west with Fleetwood in 2015.

Helping to guide the Trawlermen to an unexpected playoff berth last season, Bell has begun to attract the attentions of clubs higher up the footballing pyramid with significantly higher budgets, and manager Uwe Rosler will know he has a fight on his hands to keep hold of his star man.

Bell is young and extremely talented, and having never been afforded the opportunity by Birmingham, has a lot to prove in the second tier.

Warnock could return for Cunningham in the coming days, but Preston will look to price the south Wales outfit out of a deal for the former Manchester City man, whereas Bell seems like the much likelier option.

Having plied his trade in the lower levels of the English game for many years before being picked up by Fleetwood, Bell would jump at the chance to join Cardiff, especially following the Bluebirds’ electric start to the season.

A great age to continue his development at the higher level, Warnock’s move for Bell makes perfect sense, and following the success of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who moved to Cardiff from League One Rochdale, swooping for Bell looks to be a no brainer for the Bluebirds boss.

Would you be happy to see Bell replace Bennett, Cardiff fans?

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Cardiff must make this man their top target to fill the left-back berth

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