Cardiff’s Choo expects transfer action

5 Aug

David Marshall

Cardiff want to keep goalkeeper David Marshall who has played more than 250 games for the club since joining in 2009

Cardiff City chief executive Ken Choo says the club will consider “big” offers for senior players in August.

But he added the club will strive to keep Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall and defender Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Choo confirmed there had been interest in players the club wants to sell, but warned fans to be patient over new arrivals.

“We could see a lot of movement in the last week of August, when the transfer window is about to close,” said Choo.

Cardiff face Birmingham City on Saturday in their first Championship game since the appointment of new head coach Paul Trollope.

But Choo said the team could change considerably before the summer transfer window closes on 31 August.

“Everything is still up in the air,” said Choo.

“We have a few targets to go but it really depends on players leaving as well, players who we feel should move on.”

Trollope has said Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda are free to leave and has told Kagisho Dikgacoi he can seek another club.

“We have interest and we are talking,” said Choo.

Cardiff City's Bruno Manga<!–

Bruno Ecuele Manga joined Cardiff from Lorient for £5m in 2014

“They have value in them as well, but we have to look at the best value for the club. We don’t sell anyone cheap.

“At this point it is still quite quiet, but you can feel the interest is coming.”

Earlier in the summer highly rated keeper Marshall and Gabon centre back Ecuele Manga were the subject of transfer speculation.

Asked whether the club were keen to hold on to those players, Choo said: “We will try, but if a big offer comes in we have to look at it from a business point of view, like everything else.”

Cardiff finished eighth in the Championship last season, with Russell Slade removed as manager on the final day.

Choo says the club are targeting promotion this term.

“We are trying to improve from the last two seasons but we are trying to do it progressively,” he added.

“Rather than pumping in £15m we are trying to do it in stages and sensibly. Previously things were not so smooth.

“The last few years we have been trying to make more sensible decisions and Vincent Tan (the owner) is taking his time and studying things a lot more. He is learning, since this is his seventh year owning this club.

“Promotion is the target, there is no point being in the play offs without being promoted. No owner in the Championship wants to stay in the Championship – they want to get promoted from this league.”


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