Antother Cardiff signing – Fourth in seven days

Adam Le Fondre

Cardiff have signed their fourth player of the summer to strengthen their Championship bound squad

Cardiff City have signed Reading stiker Adam Le Fondre for an undisclosed fee, with the 27-year-old becoming the club's fourth signing in seven days.

Le Fondre joins Javi Guerra, Guido Burgstaller and Federico Macheda in the Welsh capital, with all of them having signed for the Bluebirds in the past week.

It throws the futures of both Kenwyne Jones and Fraizer Campbell into doubt, with the latter being chased by a host of Premier League clubs including West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland.

In what has already become a busy transfer period for Cardiff, the club are still likely to lose their stronger calibre of player such as Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and David Marshall. But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not taking any chances, and has begun the recruitment process early.

Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban is also thought to be an imminent arrival, with a fee having been agreed between the two clubs. Grabban’s arrival would make him the sixth striker at the the Cardiff City stadium.

The newest arrival, Le Fondre, has scored 41 goals over the last three seasons with Reading, including 12 in the Premier League with the Royals. Previous spells at Stockport, Rochdale and Rotherham have also seen Le Fondre score goals wherever he has played.

Cardiff will certainly be prepared at this rate for a season of at least 48 games, as they bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League. The Bluebirds finished bottom in their debut top-flight season, having struggled both on and off the pitch.

Fans will be hoping that Cardiff can return at the first time of asking even more than usual, with owner Vincent Tan promising a compromise with regard to the change of kit and crest that the Malaysian has enforced. The quality, and quantity, of signings will certainly help their cause.

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