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Cardiff City transfers: Bluebirds contacted over youngsters, admission made over Wolves-linked Kieffer Moore and Sheffield Wednesday given Mendez-Laing advice

Here are your Cardiff City transfer headlines for Thursday, August 26.

‘Likely’ youngsters will stay

It is likely Cardiff City’s young stars will now stay at the club despite there being contact over loan moves away, Mick McCarthy has revealed.

The manager said recently that one of the young players might get loaned out before the window shut on Tuesday evening.

However, given how impressed the manager has been with them, he believes they will now all stay in situ until at least January to provide back-up for any injury or coronavirus scares.

“We will see, we have been asked about a couple of our younguns,” the manager said.

“What I don’t want to do is find myself with a squad of 22 or 23 players, then get four or five injured.

“I have been trying to manage the squad in terms of not playing players every time.

“You pick up injuries, you might have a Covid or two, then we’ll be left a little bit bare.

“So the likes of Kieron Evans, Isaak Davies, Chanka [Zimba] and now Tav [Tavio d’Almeida], having played in the team, and Oli Denham, they are good back-up for us to have in case we have a crisis of injuries or Covid cases.”

Still no contact from Wolves over Kieffer Moore

McCarthy also revealed he held talks with Kieffer Moore this week over the alleged transfer interest from Wolves.

In recent days it was reported that Wolves were preparing to lodge a bid of around £7m for Cardiff’s main striker.

If that happened, McCarthy said it would drive him “bonkers” as he would have such little time to find a replacement for him.

But, as we near the end of the window, the Bluebirds boss insisted he has still not been contacted over the potential transfer of the Wales international.

“We’ve got a player that apparently loads of people want… but we’ve got four or five days left and I’ve not heard anything!” McCarthy said.

The manager, did, however, decide to pull Moore to one side to ensure he was fully focussed on the task in hand.

“I spoke to Kieffer the other night,” McCarthy said in his pre-derby press conference.

“Look let’s be clear about it, if Kieffer gets a chance to play in the Premier League, he will want to do it.

“If he doesn’t there’ll be something wrong. If he didn’t, I wouldn’t want that type of player. You always want to be the best version of yourself you can be.

“If that happens, I would be absolutely devastated for me, the fans and the club. But I’d be delighted for him.

“I signed him from Forest Green for £20,000 and then he went to Barnsley for about £1m and he has made himself a better version of what he was when he came to us, so he deserves his success.

“But it’s all speculation at the minute. So my message to him is to just keep your mind on what you’re doing at the club.”

Ronan Curtis update from Pompey

Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley has revealed there has been no interest in Republic of Ireland winger Ronan Curtis.

The player has been linked with Preston and Blackburn Rovers in recent months, while Cardiff had been in contact earlier in the window before McCarthy revealed the player’s price tag put the Bluebirds out of the equation.

And Cowley said that the financial landscape means that so few teams can afford what Pompey value him at and the winger must now focus on the task at hand down on the south coast.

When asked if there’s been any recent interest in the player, Cowley said: “No there hasn’t. Ronan is pretty focused – he understands the situation.

“He would love the opportunity to go and play at a higher level.

“I train all my players every day to improve them, so I would worry if they didn’t have those ambitions and aspirations.

“But he also knows the situation. He has a long contract here and he also understands we’re just coming out of a pandemic and the Championship has hardly spent any money, very little really.

“So if it’s not going to be this window he knows he’s at a club where he’s loved, wanted and a big part of what we’re trying to do here.

“He can’t afford to (lose focus if he doesn’t go). He’s a boy who’s on an upward curve and broken into his international team.

“He’s been a consistent performer for this club over a number of seasons now.

“If he wants to achieve the aspirations he has, he knows he needs to keep performing and doing well.

“There’s loads of things he can do, but there’s also loads to add to his game and that’s really exciting.”

Callum Paterson’s verdict on NML links to Wednesday

Callum Paterson believes Nathaniel Mendez-Laing would be a “great acquisition” for Sheffield Wednesday if he were to sign.

After having his contract terminated by Cardiff City for testing positive for cocaine use, he tried to get his career back on track with Neil Warnock up at Middlesbrough.

But he was let go by Boro this summer and is yet to find a club for this season.

Our sister title YorkshireLive this week reported that Darren Moore was interested in Mendez-Laing, but had not made a move for the player just yet.

Paterson, though, believes his old Bluebirds pal would be a welcome addition up at Hillsborough.

“He’d bring pace, power, directness, a good runner. He’s got a great delivery and he’s great with his feet.

“He’d be a great acquisition for anyone.”

Ex-Cardiff kid opens up on time at the club

Former Cardiff midfielder Aaron Bolger has opened up on his time with the Bluebirds.

He began his professional career with Shamrock Rovers before initially joining Cardiff on loan in 2019, a move which was made permanent later that year.

It never quite worked out for him though and he never cracked the first team. The Irishman returned on loan spells back to his native land before signing for Cork City permanently this summer.

And Bolger opened up about almost joining Preston, being stuck training with the under-23s and why training with the Cardiff first team was not such a big step up from playing for Shamrock Rovers.

“I wanted to go to England. Obviously, I was playing with Ireland, and all the boys were starting to get into first-team football in England. I felt that that was something that I needed to do. My agent got the word about and a few clubs wanted to sign me, and I ended up going to Cardiff,” he told EchoLive.Ie.

“My agent was speaking to Preston before I joined Cardiff but their U23 team ended up folding. So, I went to Cardiff on loan. It was kind of a loan trial for six months. Then they wanted to sign me permanently after that.

“I initially went over to Cardiff on trial around Christmas time, and in January, they got back in contact and said they wanted me to go over for six months. When I was over on trial, I knew I was good enough to get a contract. I trained with the 23s but that isn’t what I want to do, I wanted to train with the first team.

“I went from playing with Rovers first team and playing games in the league to going over and training with 16 and 17-year-olds, it was a difficult adjustment.

“When I went in to train with the first team over there, training with Neil Warnock when he was manager, from training with Rovers every day, there wasn’t even that much of a step up. I think people look down on the (Irish) league over there.

“Obviously, there are unbelievable players over there but I think there are a few players over here that deserve their chance in England, but obviously, I didn’t get the breakthrough over there. It’s something that I would be looking to do in the future but at the moment, I’m just looking to get back to enjoying my football and playing well for Colin [Healy, Cork manager] and the club.”

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