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Cardiff City face competition from Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest in their pursuit of out-of-favour Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham, according to a report by Football Insider.
Cardiff City are hoping to win the race for the one-time Ipswich Town wonderkid, as the Bluebirds look to make a late push for a play-off place.
So would Wickham be a good addition for Cardiff, is he needed and would he get into the starting XI?
“He’d be a decent signing.
“It’s clear that a new striker is needed for the Bluebirds as they are far too reliant on Lee Tomlin right now when it comes to goals and they don’t have a prolific number nine.
“Whilst there are doubts as to whether Wickham is good enough to score the goals that Cardiff need, I think most would agree that he is an upgrade on what they have and if he can stay fit and play regularly he could easily get back to his best and impress in the Championship.
“So, he would be a welcome addition and he is one of a few that Harris needs through the door before Friday’s deadline.”
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“This may turn out to be somewhat of a coup by Cardiff if they can seal a deal for Wickham before the transfer window closes on Friday.
“Although the forward has failed to deliver the goods in the Premier League this season, he does possess an impressive track-record at Championship level.
“Having produced 30 direct goal contributions in the second-tier during his career, Wickham will be confident in his ability to guide Cardiff to a relative amount of success over the coming months.
“Providing that he is able to stay fully-fit, the former Sunderland man could emerge as the Bluebirds’ first-choice striker with Robert Glatzel currently struggling for consistency up-front.”
“I think that Wickham could turn out to be a shrewd addition for Cardiff in the final few days of the transfer window.
“The Bluebirds are definitely in need of another target-man, I feel. They were after Kieffer Moore but that deal looks to be dead in the water now, so they may as well switch their attentions to another player.
“Neil Harris liked to use a target-man during his tenure of Millwall, and the likes of Steve Morison and Matt Smith enjoyed plenty of success in the Lions’ style of play – I think that’s what we’re trying to see him implement in South Wales, now.
“Wickham has endured a tough spell with injuries over the past couple of years, but if you can get him fit and firing again, he will undoubtedly score goals in the Championship.
“His wages may prove to be an issue, but it could be a real coup for Cardiff if they managed to sign him.”