Four Championship clubs chase Cardiff City striker

Cardiff City striker Joe Mason is attracting attention from Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion and newly appointed Stuart Gray at Sheffield Wednesday, however, Bournemouth remain keen despite having a bid rejected.


Mason, 22, has been the talk of much speculation over the past month and with deadline day soon approaching it appears interest in the player is as high as ever.

The former Plymouth man played an integral part in the Cardiff City side that won promotion last season, scoring six goals in 29 appearances for the club and putting many fine performances in along the way.

The season before, however, he was used a lot more, scoring 12 goals in 46 games.

He has not been used by Cardiff this season in the Premier League, making three cup appearances, and was loaned to Bolton at the end of last year where he made eight appearances.

Bolton Wanderers, Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday and Bournemouth could all use extra goals in their side, with all of them sat at mid-table, or below on the goalscoring chart.

Bournemouth have scored the 12th most goals in the Championship with 34, Wednesday have scored 33, Bolton 32 and Brighton just 30.

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray will be desperate to bring in a striker in the next 35 hours as fan favourite and top goalscorer Connor Wickham has been recalled by parent club Sunderland in the last week, with no indication he will be allowed to leave once again.

Bolton have just signed Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz on loan for the rest of the season and Brighton are still waiting on the fitness of impressive Argentinian Leonardo Ulloa, although a replacement for Barnes is expected.

And Bournemouth, who have been the most active in the Mason race could look to make one last ditch attempt on the youngster but that remains to be seen.

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