Liverpool Winger A Pawn In Cardiff City Deal?

Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 11:35
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Yesterday Cardiff gave both Manchester United and Arsenal whilst the two Merseyside clubs in Liverpool and Everton are thought to be preparing their own bids.

And the Western Mail reports that whilst Liverpool's initial valuation falls short of the £5m that Cardiff are looking for their young starlet, they are preparing a bid that could involve a sizeable payment with a season long loan of not just Paul Anderson but also Adam Hammill who has also been linked with a move to Swansea on loan.

Swansea have been determined all along that they could retain the services of Anderson who made such a huge impression last season but have been facing competition from Nottingham Forest, Derby, Watford and Burnley.

And it now looks as if Cardiff City could be added to that list although Swans fans will be comforted in the knowledge that Manchester United seem to be the favourites to grab Ramsey – Cardiff accepted their offer yesterday.

Martinez said of Anderson yesterday "We can only hope that Paul wants a bit of stability and that he wants to find out about the next level with ourselves.

"It looked for a time as though Liverpool wanted to cash in on Paul this summer, but it now looks like he's going to go out on another year's loan and then Liverpool will make a decision."

Cardiff have remained reasonably tight lipped over the future of Ramsey since their season ended and only made a statement yesterday in response to one from Manchester which suggested that Ramsey had joined the Premiership Champions.

It does seem though that Benetiz doesn't want to be defeated in this chase and the offer of two of his most promising youngsters could swing the favour in their direction and disappoint Swansea in the process.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones – currently enjoying his family holiday said “Whatever happens, the move must be right for Aaron. I am sure he will make the right decision.

“When it came to this deal, we have always maintained that, of course, it had to be right for Cardiff City, but it also had to be the right move to continue Aaron’s development.

“He will become one of the best Welsh international players in history.”

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.
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