Cardiff City new boy Robert Earnshaw has urged his friend and international teammate Craig Bellamy to join him in south Wales next season to form a fantasy Bluebirds frontline.
Fans’ hopes of an Npower Championship charge led by the club’s two hometown heroes is a serious possibility, and something that Earnshaw feels would help Cardiff in their push for promotion.
“I want him back here with me,” he confirmed. “The situation he’s in is really complicated, so whether he will or not is difficult to say. But I know he’d want to be back here next season and play.”
After spending last season on loan at the Cardiff City stadium, Bellamy reported back at Manchester City for pre-season training. However, it has been claimed that the 31-year-old will be free to leave Eastlands this summer - should the right offer be made.
Bellamy has already stated his desire to return to his hometown club next year, but the Welshman’s top-flight wages may reportedly price new manager Malky Mackay out of a potential move.
Earnshaw, however, would relish the return of Bellamy and has said the club should do everything they can to engineer a deal, dispelling rumours that the pair are not suited to play together.
“There’s a lot more involved than just that,” he continued. “But hopefully it can happen because I want to play with him and the thought of that is just brilliant.
“We could easily play together. I don’t buy this thing that we’re too similar, it’s about having good players that know each other.
“Me and Craig know what each other are about, we enjoy playing together, we’ve always gelled and we’ve got a great record.”