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Cardiff City transfer news as deal for ex-Rangers and Newcastle United man draws near and club ready to cash in on striker

Here's your round-up of all the latest Cardiff City headlines for Wednesday, May 11.

Alnwick 'appears done'

Jak Alnwick is reportedly on the verge of becoming Cardiff's first signing of the summer.

According to Sunday Mirror sports editor Darren Witcoop, who used to cover the Bluebirds, a deal to take the St Mirren keeper to the capital 'appears done'.

READ MORE: The 21 Cardiff City players who are or could be leaving this summer and the massive rebuild Steve Morison is embracing

The former Newcastle UNited and Rangers man has been on Cardiff's radar for some time, with Steve Morison understandably keen to replace the outgoing Alex Smithies, who is now out of contract.

Sources have previously indicated that Cardiff were confident of getting a deal over the line, and it appears Cardiff may well be close to a breakthrough. The 28-year-old is out of contract this summer and available on a free transfer, which will certainly suit Cardiff, who are likely to once again be operating with a meagre transfer budget.

Cardiff ready to listen to offers for Collins

Cardiff are reportedly ready to listen to offers for striker James Collins this summer.

According to Football Insider, the Bluebirds are ready to cash in on the 31-year-old in a bid to fund a new striker in the upcoming transfer window. Collins has largely struggled to hold down a regular place in the City first team since the appointment of Morison back in November, and has made just two outings since the start of February.

Collins also scored just three goals for the Bluebirds last season, with his first-team opportunities further harmed by the loan signings of Uche Ikpeazu and Jordan Hugill.

This is just the latest report to suggest that Collins could well be moved on, with the player entering the final year of his contract in the capital. Should the right offer come in, one suspects Cardiff would likely take it seriously.

Huddersfield not in for McClelland

Huddersfield Town are not in the running to sign Cardiff-linked Rangers starlet Kyle McClelland.

Reports in Scotland had previously suggested that the Terriers, along with City and Sheffield United, were in the running to sign the 20-year-old centre-back, whose contract at Ibrox is set to expire this summer.

However, our colleagues at Yorkshire Live claim that Huddersfield are not currently pursuing his signature.

The strength of Cardiff's interest isn't yet clear, with sources claiming that a move to Scottish rivals Hibernian could also be an option.

Should he leave Glasgow, Rangers would be due a development fee, although reports have already suggested that the club will look to secure a sell-on clause as part of the terms of his departure.

Drameh - Cardiff spell like a fairytale

Cody Drameh has praised the support of Morison and the fans, whom he says helped make his Cardiff loan spell a 'fairytale'.

The 20-year-old was recently named the club's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, despite only arriving in the capital back in January.

On accepting his awards, he told Cardiff City TV : "I really appreciate the kind words and the votes from everyone. I really appreciate it. As I said, the support and love I've had from the fans, the players, physios, staff, everybody's been amazing. It's been almost like a fairytale.

"For everyone to welcome me like that, it's been hugely appreciated on my end and it's made me play my best football.

"I remember speaking to Steve before I came and he was very straightforward, which I liked. No wishy washy stuff, he just 'you're going to come, you're going to play', and that's exactly what I've done."

Drameh has now returned to parent club Leeds, and it remains to be seen what will happen next, particularly with boss Jesse Marsch currently battling against relegation from the Premier League. The player himself is ineligible for the remainder of the top flight season, but will nevertheless likely be assessed by Elland Road staff ahead of what could prove a pivotal summer.

A return to south Wales hasn't been ruled out at this stage, and boss Steve Morison would certainly be interested were a move possible, although the player himself is currently keeping everything on the table.

Speaking about his future, Drameh recently told WalesOnline : "My options are very open. But I've got to see. I am contracted to Leeds and see what they are saying with me."

Legg joins Carmarthen

Cardiff hero Andy Legg has joined Mark Aizlewood at Carmarthen Town in the JD Cymru South.

Legg has previously enjoyed spells as manager at Llanelli Town and Bangor City, and also took up a role as Cardiff under-23s boss before leaving in November 2019.

He has now joined up with the Old Gold, taking the role of assistant manager.

On his appointment, he said: “I’m delighted to be at Carmarthen Town and joining up with Aiz. The club belongs in the Premier Division, so it’s all out to gain promotion this season. It will be a tough test to do so and Mark and myself will do our utmost to reach our objective”

Former City duo released by Charlton

Chris Gunter and Adam Matthews are searching for new clubs after being released by Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks confirmed that the Welsh duo would be leaving south London in an announcement on Tuesday afternoon, with Conor Washington, Ben Watson, Pape Souare and Stephen Henderson also shown the door.

Gunter leaves having made over 50 appearances for the club since joining on a free transfer back in 2020.

Matthews, meanwhile, leaves after 89 games, and despite making 28 starts in League One this season.

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