Campbell looked destined to join the newly promoted Foxes for their first Premier League campaign in more than ten years, but a disagreement over the forward’s wages are thought to have ended negotiations.
The 26-year-old is one of many expected to depart at Cardiff following their relegation from the Premier League last season. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has certainly been planning for life without Campbell, and has recruited striking options Javi Guerra, Federico Macheda and Adam LeFondre for their coming Championship spell.
Hull City had also reportedly been in the running for Campbell’s signature, but with Cardiff’s season getting underway in exactly a month, it looks increasingly likely that the former Manchester United man may play a part in the Bluebirds campaign.
Campbell scored nine goals across all competitions last season, and fended off the likes of Kenwyne Jones and Peter Odemwingie over the course of the year as Cardiff’s most consistent striker. He optimises the classic bottom-half Premier League striker, who if he stuck around to play in the second-tier would surely thrive.
Although he is still likely to leave, none of Cardiff’s ‘big three’ are yet to officially depart. Steven Caulker remains in training with the club as QPR and Liverpool reportedly chase his signature, while Gary Medel is still on course to return to the Welsh capital despite interest from Inter Milan. The Bluebirds player of the season David Marshall is also still with the club, after links with Arsenal failed to transpire.
Cardiff open their Championship season against Blackburn on August 8th, and their hopes of having Fraizer Campbell available have been given a boost.