With one month left till the close of the transfer window we take a look at The Bluebird’s efforts in the market so far.
Cardiff City have been very shrewd in this summer’s transfer market. The signing this week of Steven Caulker form Tottenham on a permanent deal came as a big shock to many - who saw him as a future regular in the back four at White Hart Lane.
But their loss is Cardiff’s game - with the former Swansea loanee having the potential to become a Premier League and international star whilst playing in South Wales.
John Brayford of Derby County is also an excellent signing. The former Crewe Alexandra player has been punching below his weight in the Championship and now has the chance to prove himself at the highest level.
Then there is Andreas Cornelius -a big lumbering centre forward who also possesses enough technical guile to not be found out as a Premier League cart-horse.
Add to that the signing of Simon Moore from Brentford and the club have added goalkeeping cover.
Ones that got away and those to come
In terms of the ones who got away the club did miss out on the signing of Victor Wanyama from Celtic. The Kenyan instead decided to join Southampton this summer.
But the club are working on rectifying that situation. They have identified Etienne Capoue of Toulouse as the man to bring in instead - and have agreed a fee for his services.
His signing would once again break the clubs transfer record - for the third time this summer - which highlights their ambition.
Those who have left
They released five players this summer who were not cut out for Premier League action.
Stephen McPhail and Heidar Helguson are the biggest names on the list.
Others may follow - but unlikely to be anyone in the first-team plans of Malky Mackay.
Grade so far: B
The club have signed some excellent players but I still am not sure they have enough to survive this season.
A couple of additions more and they will be fine - but in terms of their ambition and business so far, it is hard not to be impressed.
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