Russell Slade responds to Kevin Nolan speculation

Kevin Nolan, who left West Ham United earlier this week, has been linked with a move to Cardiff City.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has told BBC Sport that his side are not close to signing former West Ham United and Newcastle United attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan.

Nolan is a free agent at the moment, having left Premier League outfit West Ham earlier this week by mutual consent.

According to The Sun, Championship club Cardiff have held talks with the 33-year-old former Newcastle and Bolton Wanderers star.

However, Slade has played down the speculation, insisting that Nolan is not close to a move to the Cardiff City Stadium.

When directly asked if the former Nolan was close to joining the Welsh club, Slade said, as quoted by BBC Sport: ”Not that I know of."

BBC Sport further quotes the Bluebirds manager as saying: "I think Kevin Nolan is a very good player.

“But there are lots of very good players that have been put our way as possibilities but they have to fit in.”

Nolan is a good player, but there will be doubts whether he has the legs to compete on a weekly basis in the Championship.

The second tier of English football is hugely competitive, and it will not be easy for the Englishman to succeed there at the age of 33.

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