Cardiff are closing in on the capture of out-of-favour Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy, it is understood.
The Championship club have been strongly linked with a move for the Wales captain, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Eastlands by manager Roberto Mancini.
And while Cardiff would not confirm a deal had been agreed with Bellamy, it is thought the 31-year-old striker could complete a loan move on Monday.
A Cardiff spokesman said: "With the number and the names of the clubs being mentioned in connection to Craig it is flattering that we are an option, but at this stage it is pure speculation.
"Being connected to a player of this calibre shows how far we have come, to be even considered in a deal like this.
"We would love it to happen of course, but we are by no means alone in this."
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