Here’s your round-up of all the latest transfer headlines from the Cardiff City Stadium.
Bamba set for Boro role
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock admits Sol Bamba is likely to be disappointed to have left Cardiff City, but is in no doubt that the Ivorian will have a positive impact on his players over the coming season.
Bamba is set to stick around at the Riverside, with reports in the north east suggesting he may well take up a player-coach role, having previously trained with Boro to keep up his fitness following his departure from Cardiff over the summer.
The 36-year-old had earlier undergone treatment for cancer this year, before getting the all clear in May.
Determined to play on, it seems he’s now made an impression on his former Cardiff boss.
Speaking about Bamba’s impact, Warnock said: “I think you’ve only got to look at him when he played against Rotherham and I think our lads thought he was outstanding against Rotherham.
“He’s such a keen lad and when we went to Cornwall he helped Craig Liddle with the under-18s and 23s and was very, very good. They were very impressed with him.
“That’s where I see him as a role long term. I think he’s an excellent coach with the youngsters and always giving advice, never shuts up.
“I think it’s an opportunity for him and if he can contribute on the field of play we have to think about that because he does give us another option, for example when I took Grant and Dael off he slotted in at centre-half and did well for me at Rotherham.
“I never thought he would get back to this sort of fitness if I’m honest when I was at Cardiff. All credit to him, he’s done remarkably well by working hard and overcoming things.
“I think he’s got things to prove and I think he was probably a little bit disappointed to leave Cardiff. We just play it by ear at the moment.”
Collins relishing Moore link-up
New Cardiff City signing James Collins says he’s relishing the chance to once again work under Mick McCarthy – and says he’s hoping to form a deadly partnership up front with Kieffer Moore this season.
Collins has impressed in pre-season in the absence of the towering Wales international, netting four goals during the club’s summer schedule.
And he believes that working alongside Moore, he can form a partnership capable of giving defenders nightmares this season.
“I know what a great striker Kieffer is from playing against him over the years, and I wasn’t signed to replace him,” Collins told the Irish Examiner.
“We can definitely play together in the same team and be a handful for defences.
“Thankfully, all the lads affected by Covid are back training, and are hopefully in contention for Saturday’s big game.”
Mick pleased with progress of young guns
McCarthy himself has previously admitted that further signings are unlikely before the end of the summer transfer window, but the progress of some of the club’s youngsters has clearly helped ease any concerns over his squad.
Several young stars have potentially played their way into first team contention over the pre-season schedule, much to the delight of the Bluebirds boss.
“What’s been pleasing is Sam Bowen in pre-season, Mark Harris in pre-season,” McCarthy said.
“Kieron Evans played on Tuesday at West Brom, I went to watch the under-23s game, and he was outstanding.
“What we have got is some of the youngsters coming through now and Rubin Colwill was in the Welsh squad.
“So we’ve got some back-up with some youngsters who really need to be used as well.”