Date: 28th April 2017 at 2:10am
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Cardiff City’s Bruno Ecule Manga has been linked with a move to Turkey this week, and after snubbing a Heart of Midlothian contract, Callum Paterson has seemingly become a target.

Beginning with Manga, he is out of contract come the summer and it’s long been expected that the 28 year old would move on to pastures new although the Gabon international has featured 22 times for Cardiff so far this year.

Manager Neil Warnock has admitted that although he’d rather keep him he is making plans for life without him, and Wales Online report that it’s likely that he could be set for a move to Turkish side Galatasaray.

As the paper reported previously, planned meetings over a new deal for the player had been cancelled when his representatives failed to turn up and Warnock is of the opinion his agents have been pushing for a Bosman move for the bumper signing fee, so Cardiff were already ‘down the line’ on a replacement now.

With Manga one of our highest earners a new deal would be a reduced fee affair so it does seem there is only one outcome here and Warnock was considering a sale in the January window to help on budget fronts – but his knee ligament injury at the African Cup of Nations put paid to those plans.

‘Bruno tells me one thing, but I know what agents will be like and I don’t expect that to be successful. If people don’t want to play for Cardiff City and if they don’t want to put a blue shirt on, then they’re not for us.’

Having joined from Lorient for £4million back in August 2014 he has made 76 appearances since then, scoring five times.

Whilst not a Manga replacement, highly rated Hearts player Callum Paterson has reportedly turned down a new deal at Tynecastle and Cardiff are reportedly one of many Championship clubs looking at the 22 year old.

The same outlet point to reports back in December that linked us with the full back, but he suffered a knee ligament injury that put paid to any New Year moves and Wales Online reference reports in Scotland that imply Paterson believes Cardiff would be ready to deal over the summer.

Obviously overloading on full backs is referenced in the report given the players on our books and the praise Warnock has had for each of them during the season, but the five cap Scottish international has turned out in midfield previously and he’s naturally an attacking minded defender so moving up the pitch – especially as a free agent – is certainly a possibility.

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