This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Wolves are preparing a £7 million bid for Cardiff City and Wales international Kieffer Moore, as reported by Football Insider.
The 29-year-old joined The Bluebirds in the summer of last year and has netted 21 times in 46 appearances for Mick McCarthy’s side.
Moore has one goal to his name this season, scoring the second goal during a 2-0 victory over Blackpool.
The towering forward started on the bench for the opening three games of the season, with new arrival James Collins starting up top for The Bluebirds.
However, Moore was given the nod for Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Millwall, as Cardiff maintained their unbeaten start to the new season.
The 29-year-old has made 21 appearances for Wales, including four in this summer’s Euro 2020. Moore has scored six times for his national side, with one of them coming against Switzerland in the Euro’s.
Here, we asked some of our writers at FLW for their thoughts on the price that has emerged within Wolves’ interest…
This is gut-wrenching for Cardiff City fans late on in this window, absolutely gut-wrenching.
But £7m is a tempting offer for the Bluebirds and could be one the Cardiff City hierarchy accepts with the loss of revenue from Covid-19.
The Welsh international has two years left on his contract which is why Mick McCarthy’s side would be able to hold out for such a high fee for him – but his value will start to depreciate in around six months and they will be in an even trickier situation this time next year if Moore hasn’t signed an extension.
This is why the answer to the first question depends on whether he would sign an extension, because Moore could be vital in helping his current side secure a top-six spot this season in a bid to return to the Premier League. If they get to the top flight, this would vindicate their potential decision to retain him.
You also have to consider the fact Harry Wilson has left the club following the expiration of his loan, so two of their main sources of goals will have gone in just a few months if they do decide to sell Moore.
This is why they should hold on for just a bit more for him – but they should also be looking at targets in preparation for his departure.
Selling Kieffer Moore for just £7 million would not be worthwhile business for the Bluebirds at this stage because it would take a lot of money to find a replacement for the forward that would be able to come in and score 15 to 20 goals for them in the Championship this season.
Looking at the market value of players that score 20 goals in the Championship, as Moore did last term, Cardiff will feel that they can get an awful lot more for the Wales international than the £7 million that has been suggested at this stage.
Cardiff supporters would not be pleased to see one of their prized assets being allowed to leave the club after their strong start to the campaign and therefore they will have to be able to convince them that it was good business in terms of the fee involved were they to cash in on him.
Wolves are going to have to consider doubling their valuation of Moore to even tempt Cardiff into a potential sale at this point.
I think that would be too much of a bargain for Moore.
Moore has been such a key player for Barnsley since he joined the club from Wigan last summer, and his goal record is excellent.
He scored a goal nearly every game last season, and even though he’s started this season slowly, you’d back him to have another good campaign in front of goal.
He has another two years left on his deal, so it’s not as if he only has a year left and now is the only chance to sell him for big bucks.
I’d wait until January before valuing him.