Cardiff City scoop up second transfer in four days

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The Bluebirds have signed an Austrian international, renowned for his pace in midfield

Cardiff City have confirmed their second signing in four days, with the announcement that Austrian international Guido Burgstaller will join the club.

The Bluebirds have secured the midfielder for an undisclosed fee, and penned him on a three-year-deal.

Burgstaller joins from Austrian league side Rapid Wien, who finished second in their respective division, with the 25-year-old having scored 12 goals in 35 appearances.

Having completed his medical on Thursday, Burgstaller will now report for Austria for friendlies against Iceland and the Czech Republic in the coming weeks. He has made three senior appearances for his country.

He becomes the second signing of the week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has remained quiet despite also capturing striker Javi Guerra from Real Valladolid.

But the Norwegian’s efforts to rebuild his squad to make an immediate return to the Premier League cannot be faulted. Solskjaer is taking a traditional approach of scouting players’ from in and around his native home, knowing he would much rather pay for signings who will give their all for the jersey, and not throwing the cash at household names.

The signings also indicate that imminent departures are due, particularly to his top calibre of player in Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and David Marshall. There has been no reported, formal interest in Marshall to date, but it is believed Liverpool are chasing Caulker, and Spanish side Valencia Medel.

Lewis Grabban of Bournemouth is expected to be another arrival at the Cardiff City Stadium this summer, after the club’s agreed a fee in excess of £3m for the striker.

Without doubt, the recruitment process is certainly underway in the Welsh capital as a determined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and defiant Vincent Tan look to build a squad capable of escaping the clutches of Championship football.

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