Cardiff City transfer news as Ferdinand marks new man a ‘great signing’ and ‘other options’ in the pipeline after deal cancellation

Here are the Cardiff City transfer headlines for Thursday 26 May.

Ferdinand: Tanner is a ‘great signing’

Cardiff City’s third summer signing, Ollie Tanner, has been hailed as a “great signing” by former West Ham, Sunderland and QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The Bluebirds fought off stiff competition from several Football League sides, including Tottenham and two other Premier League sides, to sign the talented 20-year-old winger from non-league side Lewes FC.

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While it is clearly something of a jump from the seventh tier of English football to the second, there is a quiet confidence that Tanner will surprise some people and make an impact in the Championship this term. Indeed, Ferdinand, brother of Manchester United and English legend Rio, thinks Cardiff has a fantastic signing on their hands.

Writing on Instagram in a post from Tanner’s Cardiff fan account, Ferdinand replied: “You have a player on your hands bluebirds great signing [sic].”

Ferdinand is an ambassador and mentor for New Era Global Sports, the agency that represents Tanner.

The deal is broken but there are others in process

Cardiff City held talks with Bristol City’s Kasey Palmer but his pursuit of the midfielder seems to be overWalesOnline has learned.

our colleagues bristol live reported that the move came dangerously close to collapsing after Palmer and Cardiff held talks about a possible move last weekend. Palmer’s salary at Ashton Gate is reported to be £1.2 million a year. QPR and Birmingham City were also said to be monitoring the situation.

And WalesOnline learned on Thursday afternoon that signing Palmer is no longer considered an option, despite Cardiff registering strong interest. A source said the club “looked into it but it wasn’t going to work” with “other options” in the works. Palmer also has another year left on his contract, so it would have cost a transfer fee to get a permanent deal down the line.

Cardiff believes the other targets they currently have in their sights are far more suited to what they want to go forward with. The Bluebirds’ midfield is certainly an area that needs to be addressed this summer. Joe Ralls, Will Vaulks, Marlon Pack and Leandro Bacuna are out of contract, while Tommy Doyle has returned to Manchester City and Sam Bowen has just been released to Newport County.

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Connolly wins Wales squad

Cardiff City defender James Connolly has earned his first call-up to the Wales Under-21 squad, but there is no place for promising Bluebirds striker Isaak Davies in the 21-man squad.

Wales take on the Netherlands on June 11 and Gibraltar on June 14, both games at Parc and Scarlets, in their final Euro 2023 qualifiers and the Bluebirds will have two representatives in the squad in Connolly and midfielder Eli King.

Connolly’s citizenship is stated as English, however she has been on the Welsh radar for a long time due to her Welsh ancestry. Receiving his first call-up to the Wales under-21 side from Paul Bodin is certainly the icing on the cake after what has been a stellar season for the 20-year-old centre-back.

Meanwhile, Davies’s omission is somewhat shocking. The 20-year-old forward was one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from a miserable season for the Bluebirds. In fact, there was even talk of him potentially forcing his way onto Rob Page’s senior team for March camp, however, that was not to be.

However, Davies struggled with a hamstring injury towards the end of the season, missing three games before being involved in a 15-minute cameo appearance in the final match against Derby County at Pride Park. Whether that has played any part in the selection, only time will tell.

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