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Cardiff City transfer news as Aaron Ramsey's Bluebirds talks continue amid Nice statement and mega-money Saudi Arabia link

Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Wednesday, July 12.

Cardiff's talks with Ramsey continue

Cardiff City's bid to bring Aaron Ramsey back home continues as the two parties remain in talks over a deal on a day packed with news regarding the Wales international.

Nice issued a statement to say they expect the 32-year-old to report for their third week of pre-season training on Monday along with other players who had played international football last month.

However, that could well just be club protocol. After all, nothing has been released officially to suggest Ramsey has signed any sort of new deal despite him playing enough games to trigger a new deal on the Cote d'Azur last season. He was also not listed among the players who would leave the French club last month, so his inclusion on the list of returnees does make sense.

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But we understand he is in talks over a move away from France, with Cardiff still hopeful of tabling a deal, which has been worked on considerably for some time, to bring him back to his boyhood club 15 years after he first left for Arsenal.

Cardiff feel they have put together a complex and highly competitive package, believing the decision to be in Ramsey's hands now.

In another potential twist to the tale, The Sun later reported that the midfielder has a big-money offer on the table from a Saudi Arabian club.

If it's a money call then Cardiff would be unable to match any potential Saudi riches. However Ramsey has this summer insisted his next move would be dictated by bringing together his family, who are based in south Wales, after four years of playing abroad.

The next few days are likely to prove crucial to the whole situation.

Bulut: More to come from Robinson

New manager Erol Bulut has been impressed by Callum Robinson after his three-goal haul in pre-season but believes there is more 'power' to come from him after an injury hit first season in the Welsh capital.

Robinson scored in the first game against Bristol Rovers yesterday, notching his third in as many matches for the Bluebirds this summer. It provided yet more evidence, not that it was needed, that he will be a vital player for Bulut this term and the Bluebirds boss is pleased.

"He has come back from a big injury. It's not easy to come back from a big injury, he needs time and today it was 60 minutes. Every game it will be a little bit more," Bulut said.

"He still needs power I think. Then he can handle his speed in the game. But generally, how he is on the ball, he is doing good things, scoring goals, which is important.

"The following weeks will be a better level than what it is right now. We are training hard in training sessions, so when we are training once in a day and not twice in a day he will feel better."

Manager's verdict on new players

Bulut also ran the rule over his new and returning players yesterday.

Callum O'Dowda and Jamilu Collins played their first lot of 30 minutes this summer, while new signings Dimitrios Goutas and Ike Ugbo made their debuts in a Bluebirds shirt.

Goutas was impressive on his debut, while O'Dowda hit the ground running and provided an assist for Ollie Tanner in the second game against the Gas.

"These players, with them we will increase our playing style. Today they played 30 minutes to not overload them. It was quite good for the first 30 minutes and I hope they continue like that," Bulut said.

"[Goutas] was always [vocal], this is how I know him from the Turkish Super Lig, when he played for Sivasspor, he was always leading the team from the back. This is what we want from him. We have to communicate a lot.

"That communication failed when we got the 1-0 (in the first game). It's communication. It's not only him. He is important because he is the last man and can see everything from the back and can organise."

Pundit says Thomas would be 'huge coup' for Bluebirds

Carlton Palmer has waxed lyrical about Bluebirds-linked defender Bobby Thomas.

Cardiff and QPR have been credited with registering an interest in taking the Burnley man on a season-long loan after he impressed during spells in League One with Bristol Rovers and Barnsley last term.

"Cardiff and QPR are both looking at taking Bobby Thomas on loan from Burnley," he told Football League World.

"He had a very successful loan spell last season at Barnsley. The centre-back played 25 times, recording three goals and three assists from the middle of defence.

"I think Bobby can make the step up from League One to the Championship, and for whoever gets his signature it will be a huge coup."

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