Cardiff City transfer latest: Bluebirds sign forward; United U-turn on Zaha

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The long-running 'will he, won't he' saga involving Wilfried Zaha's proposed loan move to Cardiff City could finally be concluded soon.

The good news for Cardiff fans is that the Bluebirds have signed a new player!

The not necessarily bad but rather unsurprising news is that that signing is yet another player from Molde.

Indeed, Jo Ince Berget becomes the latest Norwegian to move to Wales for an undisclosed fee.

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solkjaer told reporters: "He knows the way I want to play, he's strong, intelligent, smart.

"He scored against England in the Under-21 European Championships and will do well for us."

Meanwhile, progress also looks to have been made elsewhere...

All throughout the transfer window, Cardiff fans have been looking forward to the signing of Wilfried Zaha. No other name has been linked with the Bluebirds more, despite the fact that Solskjaer's side have already signed three others.

However, any feelings of optimism have no doubt been tampered by frustration and, perhaps in some quarters, skepticism that any deal would indeed take place.

Zaha has been a big transfer target for Cardiff this January but there has seemed to be a new update on the status of the move every few days - some good, some bad.

In our last Cardiff transfer latest, for instance, reports were discussed that claimed the 21-year-old would move to Wales by this Thursday gone. That hasn't happened.

Yet reports that Manchester United had backed out of their wish to loan Zaha out at all also appear to have been contradicted now, with fresh reports surfacing that United have agreed a deal with Cardiff and that the move should happen soon. Solskjaer insists the winger has not yet undergone a medical but it is expected to happen imminently.

Indeed, after all the uncertainty, it looks as though Cardiff will just about get their man. Bluebirds fans will hope he is worth the fuss.

Luckily for them, however, former Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman - who got the best out of Zaha when he started to really make a name for himself - thinks the 21-year-old will flourish at Cardiff.

The Scotsman told reporters: "Wilfried was in the Palace team from a very young age, 16, and so he only understands first-team football and Saturday afternoons.

"If he goes to Cardiff, he'll slip straight back into that routine. This is a first-team player who's comfortable in that environment.

"He’s not had the first-team opportunities at Old Trafford he would like but I still think it was the right move for him – you don't ignore Manchester United rapping on your door.

"However, there’s no doubt he'll be a success. It takes time to adapt – Cristiano Ronaldo was the same.

"This move to Cardiff is a great one for him, it will get him some Premier League football and he'll be stronger for it.

"Wilfried has never been tested in this way; this last six months will be a massive test for him, but he's a strong character and he'll come through that."

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