Chelsea striker Islam Feruz is keen to sign a deal with Championship side Cardiff City before the Bluebirds’ home clash against Fulham on Saturday.
The 19-year-old is currently on trial with the Welsh outfit - and one of the teenager’s representatives has confirmed that he would love to make his debut against the Cottagers this weekend.
“Islam is enjoying his time with Cardiff this week,” Abdul Bihi, who works alongside Feruz's new agent Dimitry Seluk, is quoted as telling reporters by Wales Online. “He has trained for the last two days, is keen to stay and would love to be involved against Fulham.
“There are other Championship clubs keen on Islam but Cardiff made the most serious proposal.”
The deal to bring Feruz to the Cardiff City Stadium appeared dead in the water at the weekend, when Feruz’s previous representatives indicated he would not be joining the Bluebirds.
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Feruz attempts to force through move
But Feruz took matters into his own hands, first changing agents on Sunday before making a late-night telephone call to Cardiff boss Russell Slade asking if he would still be welcome at the club.
Both Feruz and Bihi acknowledge that playing regular first-team football is crucial for his development at this pivotal stage in his career.
The intense competition for first-team places at Stamford Bridge means Feruz is a long way off entering the plans of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - but a successful loan spell in the Championship may convince the revered Portuguese coach to take a closer look at the former Celtic youth star in pre-season.
“He needs to play and learn,” Bihi added. “The next loan spell will be crucial to his development.
“I can see him forming an effective partnership with Kenwyne Jones. They would work well together.”
Cardiff: Play-off hopefuls
Cardiff are currently 12th in the Championship table, nine points outside of the top six. Although promotion looks an outside possibility at this stage, securing a place in the play-offs is still a realistic objective for the club that finished bottom of the Premier League table last season.
Jones is Cardiff’s top scorer with nine goals from 20 Championship appearances, but the likes of Federico Macheda, Adam Le Fondre and Nicky Maynard have all struggled to score goals on a consistent basis this season - and Slade may accept Feruz’s proposal for the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.