Tan Finds £25m Down The Back Of His Sofa

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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has pledged a sizable transfer kitty for the new manager, with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer posied to be unveiled later today. The figure banded around the media currently is £25m – a sum that would actually take City’s spending past all but the very biggest of wallets in the Premier League.

It’s also a far cry from previously when Tan himself insisted that due to previous overspending, Malky Mackay would be give ‘not a penny’ to spend in the transfer market come January. Good to see that the good of the club, and not personal differences were being put first!

There were reports that Solksjaer was initially reluctant to accept the role, and I think any potential recruit would think long and hard about getting involved with a relegation threatened club with such a mad and unpredeictable owner. However, Mehmet Dalman appears to have worked his magic and the promise of a sizable transfer kitty surely had a large part to play in the negotiations.

It could be a very interesting transfer window for the Bluebirds, but with no time as yet to evaluate his inherited players – it will be very difficult for OGS to know which areas to prioritise. He will be reliant on heresay (hopefully not from Tan!) and reports from the current coaching staff. He will already have some targets in mind, but the size of this task should not be under-estimated.

That sum would suggest 3-4 players coming into the club, with further personnel changes likely to be dependent on shifting fringe players out. Brayford, Mason, Gestede, McNaughton, Smith, Conway and the forgotten pair of Kiss / Velikonja would certainly be amongst the favourties to be moved on.

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  • Bluebird1899 says:

    Money was always available wasn’t it, even if Malky had stayed ulitmately he would’ve been given funds. A manager wouldn’t have come in if not given anything. Think OGS will have some good contacts so look forward to his dealings. Not a lot is needed but some deadwood going could help.

  • Whitt's Left Peg says:

    Just hope we don’t end up with lots of loans from Man U, we need to keep building our own squad and adding direct quality improvements to the first XI to keep progressing.

  • Bluebird1899 says:

    I’m sure they’ll be quite a heavily influenced Manchester United theme but think, like the ones we’ve signed, they’ll be players with United previous and not United present.

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