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Championship duo fail in bid to land Wales midfield stalwart



Two unnamed Championship clubs have failed in their quests to land Wales and former Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley, reports the BBC.

The 30-year-old left Selhurst Park at the expiration of his contract earlier this summer, bringing the curtain down on a three-year stint with the Eagles, in which time played 96 games and scored six goals.

However, only 21 of those appearances came last season as the Wales international struggled to hold down a regular starting berth, and that subsequently saw him reject their offer of a new one-year deal.

And it appears that he is no closer to finding a new club either, as recent reports suggest that Ledley has turned down the approaches of two unnamed Championship clubs.

Former employers Cardiff City were loosely linked with a move for the 30-year-old midfielder, but manager Neil Warnock quashed that speculation, and it has been reported that Ledley has also received offers from abroad as he continues to seek his next adventure.

The Welshman began his career at Cardiff and spent 14 years there between 1996 and 2010, coming up through the youth ranks before going on to appear 249 times for the club, in which he helped them establish themselves as a Championship club, as well as reach the final of the FA Cup in 2008.

Four years at Celtic followed before he moved to Palace back in 2014, and over the years he has remained a stalwart in the Wales national team, earning 73 caps for the side.

Yet where he embarks upon the next stage of his playing career very much remains to be seen.

The Verdict: Joe Ledley appeared 96 times during his stint at Premier League side Crystal Palace, in which time he certainly proved his credentials as a top-flight midfielder.

Yet it seemed likely that he’d have to drop down a division or move abroad to get his next career move this summer, and his rejection of two Championship offers means he appears no nearer to embarking upon his next adventure.

The vastly experienced Welshman would be a fine addition to any second tier side, but it seems increasingly unlikely that he’ll be plying his trade in the Championship this season.

Championship fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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