Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cardiff City could land Liverpool FC striker Craig Bellamy for cut-price £2m deal


Craig Bellamy is early favourite to be new Cardiff City boss
Craig Bellamy during his loan spell at Cardiff City
CARDIFF CITY could bring Craig Bellamy home for a cut-price £2m.
As reported in yesterday’s Echo, the 32-year old Wales international is being again linked with a return to his home-town club where he spent a season on loan back in 2010 when at Manchester City.
Wales international Bellamy believes he has unfinished business with the Bluebirds and was anxious to stay in the Welsh capital last summer before former club Liverpool offered him a two-year deal.
With a year of that left, reports on Merseyside suggest Liverpool would be looking for a maximum of £2m for a player they picked up on a free transfer.
A loan move back to Cardiff could be an option, but appears unlikely.
But with former Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers in charge at Anfield now, Bellamy is set for talks to determine just what his role on Merseyside might be next campaign.
The striker was dissatisfied under former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. He made 37 appearances for the Reds, but only 12 Premier League starts.
As Rodgers looks to improve on Liverpool’s eighth place finish last term what role Bellamy might have in his plans remains unclear.
“It was a strange season. I think I only started three games at Anfield so got to watch a lot of games, which wasn’t great for me,” said Bellamy.
“But I can have a very, very good assessment of the team because I didn’t play, so was watching as a fan. There were so many games we should have won and deserved to have won.
“Up to Christmas was brilliant for me and January and February was great. I was really aware of what the club was about.”
Ironically enough, back in February 2011, Bellamy scored a fabulous goal to give Cardiff the win in the south Wales derby at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium when Rodgers was in charge.
But Bellamy believes Rodgers is the right man to take Liverpool forward.
“First of all, he is a very good guy, a very, very good guy,” added Bellamy.
“What he has done at Swansea is nothing short of remarkable.
“He knows he’s coming into one of the most remarkable football clubs in the world but it is a chance he deserves. I feel if he can approach this job in the way he did at Swansea then it will be a match made in heaven.”
walesonline