Issues Cloud Cardiff City & Celtic Swap Deal
Cardiff City look to have a strong squad to cover the majority of positions, but the lack of depth and quality at centre-half has been a persistent worry since the days of Johnson and Loovens at the heart of the Bluebirds defence.
Currently, Mark Hudson and Gabor Gyepes are available, with youngster Darcy Blake offering competition. Chris Riggott was brought in, but remains sidelined with injury and no definitive date set for any return to action, let alone first team action in the Championship.
While Hudson has been improved, Gyepes remains a worry and looks short of confidence. That perhaps is no surprise since it was 'suggested' that he find a new club by Dave Jones over the summer. He is also first to be dropped for mistakes, and remains a substitute now after being publically blamed for Swansea City's winner some weeks ago.
A new centre-half remains a priority, and is likely to be addressed in the January transfer window, funds permitting. A longstanding target of Dave Jones appears to be a more likely proposition this week with reports linking City with a swoop for former favourite Glenn Loovens.
Celtic have been tracking Club Captain Mark Hudson, and are likely to make a bid in January. That would have the double impact of making a new centre-half an absolute must, while also pushing Loovens further down the pecking order at Parkhead.
Any swap deal involving Loovens and Hudson would be a difficult proposition to execute, and may involve loan deals. However, City have the problem that only 5 loanees may be named in any match squad, and we currently have Bellamy, Keogh, Koumas, Olofinjana and Drinkwater registered.
Loovens considered a return to South Wales over the summer, but opted to stay and fight for his place. There's also no guarantee that Mark Hudson would opt for a move to Scotland, having only moved to South Wales from London just over a year ago.
There's no doubt that Loovens is a fine player, and his aggressive style is well suited to the Championship. However, Hudson has been showing his best form of his Bluebirds career of late and is surely number one centre-back. All paper talk at this stage, but there is almost certainly interest from both sides - whether enough to push a deal through, remains to be seen.