These are your headlines from Cardiff City on Saturday 18 June
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Boro opens talks for Giles
Middlesbrough are in talks with Wolves to bring Ryan Giles on loan for next season.
Boss Chris Wilder wants the 22-year-old to be his left-back for the upcoming season after impressing at Cardiff City last season, reports Football Insider.
Giles spent the first half of last season in south Wales, where he made 29 appearances for the Bluebirds, providing nine assists. Wolves recalled him in January but the Bluebirds were keen to bring him back to the Welsh capital. In the end, however, manager Steve Morison couldn’t wait and opted for Stoke City’s Alfie Doughty instead.
Giles later signed for Blackburn Rovers but did not have the same impact as at Cardiff. Morison signed Jamilu Collins for his place at left-back ahead of the new season this summer.
Lions offer Wallace a new contract
Millwall has offered Jed Wallace a new contract.
The Telegraph reports that the Lions have been trying to keep Wallace in south London despite West Brom drafting for him. Cardiff boss Morison is a staunch admirer of Wallace and revealed earlier this season he would like to sign him for the Bluebirds.
“I would sign Jed Wallace immediately!” Morison told WalesOnline in April. ‘But I’m sure Millwall doesn’t want to let him go. They will do anything to keep him. If he goes on a free transfer in the summer he’ll be 27, top of the assists, Millwall’s best player – since I left I joke well I’m not and he knows it.
“There won’t be a team in the Championship or, I suppose, the bottom end of the Premier League that won’t want to take him. There will always be an offer on the table for Jed, it will just be a lot less than what he would be offered anywhere else!
“It’s not a conversation we’ve ever had. We have too many conversations every now and then when he wants advice or a chat, but unfortunately we haven’t talked about him coming to Cardiff.”
Wallace is out of contract and is drawing a lot of interest, but first-team coach Paul Robinson says nothing is done yet.
“I can understand why Jed is liked by a lot of teams,” said Robinson. “He’s a top player. He’s a runner. And he has great skills when it comes to goals and assists.
“For us [Millwall] He would be a great loss and I really hope he stays with us. He’s a formidable character to have on the training ground. But he’s a great signing for another club if he chooses to do so. Only Jed will know what he wants to do. It is his decision and what is right for him and his family.
“If he goes to West Brom I’ll be devastated but I’m happy for Jed because I know he’s going to sign for a great club and I’ll give him a call to say what a great club This is. But nothing is done yet. I still hope he remains a Millwall player and he’s with us until pre-season.”
Door “probably closed” on Drameh
The Athletic report that the arrival of Rasmus Kristensen at Leeds United has ‘likely closed’ the door to Cody Drameh at the club for the upcoming season.
The young full-back caused a sensation on loan at South Wales last season and he hasn’t been shy about telling Leeds what he wants for next season – regular time.
Morison, a huge admirer of Drameh, signed two right-backs this week to all but end Cardiff’s interest in bringing the defender back for another season. But another loan move is likely for The Athletic Feel.
“Drameh caused controversy when he asked to leave Leeds on loan in January at a time when the club’s injury crisis was at its peak,” they report. “But Cardiff City was a good move for him and a few months was enough for him to win the club’s Player of the Year award. If that looked like a door at Elland Road was about to open for him, Kristensen’s arrival has likely shut them assuming (Luke) Ayling isn’t forced to miss much of next season, a loan could bring Drameh and Leeds back fit.
Bamba ponders options
Preston North End and Charlton Athletic are among the clubs that have been in touch over the signing of former Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba, WalesOnline has learned.
The 37-year-old centre-back is a free agent, having left Middlesbrough after a season in which he made 29 appearances for the first-team, far more than he could have imagined having only just been given the all-clear from cancer after just 12 months had received before.
Neil Warnock took him there to be a factor on the pitch but also to make a big impact in the dressing room, which he undoubtedly had. And after a season of impressing in his many appearances for Teesside Club, he’s gained some admirers who want him to sign for them ahead of next season.
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