Cardiff City have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit for a new centre-back as Bournemouth’s Jack Simpson has turned down a move to the Welsh capital, according to Football Insider.
The Bluebirds had agreed a £750,000 fee with the Cherries for the 24-year-old according to local reports, as Neil Harris looks to bolster his backline due to the illness of Sol Bamba and injury to captain Sean Morrison.
Simpson has started six of Bournemouth’s last seven Championship games, which yielded three victories and two draws, but they did not seem to be that keen to keep him due to the depth they have in his position.
A Cherries academy graduate, Simpson had been booked in for a medical at Cardiff but he has reportedly had second thoughts about the move and has turned his back on a departure from the Vitality Stadium for now.
It’s a huge blow for Cardiff who are really struggling at present and are having to play left-back Joe Bennett in an unnatural left centre-back position, but it may also be a blow to Bournemouth who wanted to bring in a fee for Simpson before he can leave for nothing in the summer.
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It isn’t all bad news for the Bluebirds though as Crewe right-back Perry Ng is set for a medical at the club, which will bolster another problem position.
But a new central defender will now need to be lined-up after Simpson’s shock u-turn.
Cardiff fans will no doubt be bitterly disappointed, but it’s not the end of the world.
Considering Jason Tindall has thrown Simpson into his team recently it may seem like a surprise that the club were willing to let him go for less than £1 million.
But when you look further into it, Cameron Carter-Vickers is now back from injury and Chris Mepham is also close to a return, so Simpson will go back down the pecking order soon enough.
Simpson is probably not quite good enough for the Premier League at present which is where the Cherries aspire to be once again, so the Cardiff move would’ve made sense, however it looks like he’s set to bide his time on his future as Neil Harris will now have to go back to the drawing board.