Here are your Cardiff City transfer headlines for Thursday, July 22.
Neil Warnock’s Boro table offer for Ciaron Brown
Cardiff City have rejected Middlesbrough’s first offer for Ciaron Brown with Neil Warnock setting his sights on securing a deal for the defender, according to TEAMtalk.
The defender was brought back from his loan spell up in Livingston by Mick McCarthy back in January and played a prominent role throughout the back half of the season.
McCarthy had been tipped off by a friend of his who scouts north of the border and he heard some positive things about the Northern Ireland international.
His contract was due to run out this summer, but Cardiff have seemingly triggered an option to keep him in the Welsh capital for another season.
However, Sean Morrison, Aden Flint and Curtis Nelson are the first-choice back three, while new Arsenal signing Mark McGuinness has been brought in to challenge for that back-up spot.
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It could see Brown’s game time reduce in the upcoming campaign and Warnock, who brought Brown to Cardiff from National League South side Wealdstone back in January 2018, could pounce.
The 23-year-old was reportedly the subject of a bid from Boro, however TEAMtalk say that offer was turned down, with other clubs also interested in the player.
Liverpool ace Ojo eyed by Bayer Leverkusen
Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo is reportedly a target for Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with the Bluebirds and started brightly before tailing off towards the latter part of the campaign.
Bluebirds chairman Mehmet Dalman said back in May that he would love to have Ojo, and his team-mate Harry Wilson, back on loan this season, when he told the BBC: “Liverpool knows our desire to have [Wilson] back – in fact both of them back – we’d love to have them on loan back.”
However, it looks likely that a loan exit will not be available for Ojo and he will likely now seek his permanent exit away from Anfield.
And according to AllNigeriaSoccer, who specialise in news and updates on players with Nigerian heritage like Ojo, Bayer Leverkusen have made the out-of-favour winger a “primary target” to replace Everton their first-choice Demarai Gray.
Ojo was omitted from Liverpool’s pre-season squad which travelled to Austria and he has began pre-season with the club’s under-23s, almost certainly pointing towards the exit door.
Ex-Cardiff City favourite departs amid talk of fallout
Former Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Alexander has left his post as Dundee United goalkeeping coach amid reports of a fallout with new manager Thomas Courts.
Ex-Scotland international Alexander is adored in these parts for his exploits between the sticks at the beginning of the century, making more than 200 appearances for the Bluebirds and earning promotion to what is now the Championship.
After ending his career at Livingston in 2018, the 43-year-old joined the coaching staff at Dundee United, however he has now left the club.
It comes after The Scottish Sun claimed it comes after a run-in with new manager Courts.
Alexander said in a statement: “It’s with great sadness that I’m no longer with Dundee United.
“I enjoyed my three years immensely and working with my goalkeepers everyday has been an absolute pleasure.
“I would like to wish the players all the best for the coming season. Hope it’s a successful one.”
Watters hits two in MK Dons friendly
Max Watters has continued his excellent goalscoring form as he found the back of the net twice in MK Dons’ 7-1 drubbing of Coventry City.
Watters scored in his first game for the club, against Kings Lynn Town, and has now added to that tally with two against the Sky Blues at St George’s Park.
The striker, who is on loan from the Bluebirds, has scored three goals in his first three games for the League One outfit.
Meanwhile, Sol Bamba also turned out for Middlesbrough’s under-23s in their 2-0 win over Redcar Athletic at their Rockliffe training base.
The 36-year-old is currently training with the club in a bid to maintain fitness, however reports have suggested Boro are mulling over handing the player a one-year contract.