Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has provided a transfer warning to their Championship rivals as the Bluebirds look to do their own business during the transfer window.
Reported by WalesOnline, Harris gave his warning during his pre-Birmingham City press conference this afternoon, and stated that he would not be bullied into any transfer deals.
Harris said: “I don’t want to say I’m working harder than any other manager at any level, but I’m working as hard as I can to find the right deals for us, because ultimately they have to be the right deals for us.
“I’m not going to overpay or be bullied into signing players on deals that we don’t want to do, I’m not about that.
“If you do that then ultimately you sign the wrong players at the wrong value and that won’t happen while I’m here.
“The reality is that clubs who have signed players, and there’s not a lot of clubs that have signed players, you look at the stability within their club since the start of the season, from pre-season, working with the players, having stability off the field, i.e. the recruitment department, things like that, enables you to be in a very good position each transfer window.
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“It’s a bit different for us, with me not being here that long and with a new recruitment department being set up, it doesn’t make it as easy to do business.
“So we are in that period at the moment.”
Cardiff have currently not made a signing during the January transfer window, after a £2.3 million bid for Wigan Athletic striker Kieffer Moore was rejected by the Latics earlier on in the transfer window.
The Bluebirds boss is experiencing his first transfer window as Cardiff manager, and has already reshaped the recruitment department at The Cardiff City Stadium.
Having let chief scout Glyn Chamberlain go and appointing Tim Henderson in his place, Harris and Henderson have been reviewing their transfer strategy as they attempt to slim down a large squad at Cardiff, as well as an experienced one.
One of Cardiff’s youngest players who has seen regular action this season is winger Gavin Whyte, at the age of 23, with most of the Cardiff regulars being above the age of 25.
Too often during the January transfer window, clubs can find themselves rushing into deals and panicking as they look to secure the right deals.
Harris is doing the right thing by the club for not rushing into any transfers, and instead choosing to bide his time and secure the right player that will be a positive influence on and off the pitch, with Cardiff making a push for the playoff spots.