Ex-Manchester United striker tipped to become £2.5m Cardiff saviour

Cardiff City look set to snap up another former Manchester United player as striker Mame Biram Diouf is lined up for a move to South Wales.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already landed former United prodigy Magnus Eikrem in a deal believed to be worth around £2million, while fellow former United and Molde man Mats Moller Daehli is also set to join the Norwegian influx at Cardiff, alongside Esbjerg's Magnus Lekven.

And now, with funds available from Vincent Tan, Solskjaer is looking to add another striker as the club look to find the goals to keep them in the Premier League.

£7.5million summer signing Andreas Cornelius has barely featured and has yet to hit the back of the net, while Frazier Campbell is their top scorer with just four Premier League goals. Cardiff sit just one point above the drop zone, and only Crystal Palace have scored less than the the Bluebirds, so goals are needed in the second half of the season.

Solskjaer's top target appears to be former Manchester United and Molde hitman Mame Biram Diouf, who has put a disappointing spell in England behind him to become a dangerous striker with German side Hannover.

Diouf made just nine appearances for United, scoring one goal, whilst also scored six goals in 29 games on loan at Blackburn Rovers. In 2012, Diouf was sold to the Bundesliga side and has shown what he can do by scoring 32 goals in just 64 games for Hannover, bouncing back from his underwhelming spell in the Premier League.

Diouf missed training with Hannover today, accelerating rumours that he is set to join Solskjaer at Cardiff, and with the Senegalese striker's contract expiring at the end of this season, it seems the German club are ready to sell him now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Fellow Premier League side Stoke City had been linked with a £2m swoop for Diouf, but it seems the chance to work with Solskjaer – who was reserve team coach at United when the striker arrived from Norway – may clinch the deal for the Welsh side.

If Diouf can replicate the form he has shown in Germany, then Cardiff have a bargain on their hands for just £2.5m. With Hannover, Diouf has established his reputation as an athletic striker who can cause problems with his pace and power, and having rediscovered his goal-scoring touch, could be the man to save Cardiff's season.

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