Just a very quick piece to say that this quietest of transfer windows may finally be coming to life as far as Cardiff City are concerned. Yesterday, this story appeared in the local media which hinted that City had a seven figure bid accepted by Blackpool for their winger Matt Phillips, but, with that deal, seemingly, dead in the water, the report of a second bid for Brighton winger Craig Noone was something that had been on the cards since the club’s first offer for him was rejected around three weeks ago. Yesterday afternoon messageboard rumours had it that a signing was imminent with official confirmation of the deal coming within hours not days. A few hours later, it was being claimed that the confirmation referred to earlier had not been forthcoming because the parties (i.e. City and the player’s representative) had not been able to agree terms – the word was though that talks would continue.
All the indications are that the player involved is Craig Noone and, assuming that there is some substance to what is being said, Brighton must have accepted our offer. The same source (who, it must be said, has his critics amongst our support who take everything he says with a pinch of salt) is also claiming that the club are hoping to conclude a deal for a striker by Tuesday’s deadline. So, as it has been for much of this month, it’s a case of wait and see for City fans with regard to the one or two players who could make a big difference to our chances of promotion this season, but, at least, it would appear that things are moving now and, if we don’t bring anyone in by Tuesday night, it won’t be for the want of trying. Finally, on the transfer front, it’s been confirmed that midfield player Soloman Taiwo, whose contract is up this summer, has joined Leyton Orient on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Just one other thing, although I’d like to think that most supporters are aware of this by now, it won’t do any harm to mention the celebration event to be held on Tuesday 21 February to mark the tenth anniversary of the epic 2-1 FA Cup win over Leeds United on here. The event, which will feature four members of the City side from that day in January 2002, has been organised by Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust and full details can be found here.