After being assured by Chairman Peter Coates that there is a large warchest of transfer funds to spend in January, Tony Pulis will move once again to try and sign Cardiff’s Welsh international midfielder Joe Ledly. Welshman and Cardiff supporter Pulis has always been a fan of Ledley and came close to bringing the 21 year old to the Britannia Stadium on transfer deadline day in August, having several bids of up to £6 million rejected by Cardiff.
Stoke’s interest in Ledley will continue into January
Ledley was reportedly unhappy that he had been forbidden the chance to speak to Stoke and seems to feel that a move to the Premier League is necessary to further his promising career. A fee of £6 million would again test the Welsh club’s resilience, with Cardiff Chairman Peter Ridsdale recently suggesting he would accept the offer this time around.
Ledley, who scored for Cardiff in a thrilling derby draw with Swansea two weeks ago is equally comfortable either on the left wing or in the centre of midfield, though given the huge amount of central midfielders at Stoke at present, and the fact that Ledley is neither Senegalese of Nigerian, the chances are he would be used predominantly on the left. Since breaking into the Cardiff first team during the 2004/05 season, Ledley has been a regular, playing 185 matches and scoring 22 goals. He also has 24 full caps for Wales and has scored twice for his country.
In my opinion, Ledley would be a very good signing. He looks a very good player at Championship level and one who could easily make the step up into the Premier League. At 21 he will continue to improve for several years to come and would do a great deal to improve our midfield, as our left sided options are currently limited to a centre midfielder in Rory Delap and a striker, Richard Cresswell.
Ledley would add a bit of creativity to the side, something we often lack and he’s also shown he has a knack for scoring goals, with a ration of one in eight which is pretty good going for a midfielder and would be a very welcome return in a midfield that currently provides Stoke with a chronic lack of goals. £6 million, which would be a club record may seem a bit on the pricey side for a 21 year old, and we must be wary of wasting funds on big money signings following the £5.5 million flop Dave Kitson is fast turning into, but in football at present quality players at any age are going to set you back a few quid, and Ledley certainly is one of those. Besides, with Coates promising lots of funds to spend on transfers, we can afford players like Ledley, with enough left over to set Woolworth’s back on the right track.
Ledley celebrates helping Cardiff to the FA Cup final at Wembley
Meanwhile, much to my relief, Pulis has denied having any interest in signing Watford’s mediocre striker Tommy Smith.
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