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Derby County compete with Premier League side for energetic midfield man

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Cardiff City want to sign Craig Bryson on a permanent deal, according to a respected football journalist.

Alan Nixon is reporting that Bryson is wanted by Cardiff but he is keen to see what happens at Derby County before making a decision on his future.

The 31-year-old started 19 games for Cardiff after joining on a season-long loan deal towards the end of the 2017 summer transfer window and he played a further three games from the bench.

During that time, the central midfielder scored twice and picked up a further two assists, helping Neil Warnock’s side win promotion to the Premier League via the automatic places.

Now Cardiff want to bring him to South Wales permanently as Warnock aims to add some players to his his squad this summer.

But the thrice-capped Scotland international is stalling over his future as he waits to see what is on offer at Derby, who are currently looking for a new manager after Gary Rowett departed to join Stoke City.

Bryson has been with Derby since 2011 and has played nearly 250 games for the club so he could stay longer at Pride Park.

The Verdict

The box-to-box midfielder offers endless energy and some steel and tenacity in the middle of the park, which makes him a useful squad option for the Bluebirds to have.

But Derby should try to tempt him to stay as he would improve their midfield options.

His experience is invaluable and Derby should never have let him go last summer.

Derby fans – Should you keep Bryson? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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