Cardiff eye move for Walsall's Neil Etheridge

Walsall's Neil Etheridge

HITC Sport understands Cardiff are lining up a move for the Walsall goalkeeper.

Walsall's Neil EtheridgeWalsall's Neil Etheridge

Cardiff City are closing in on the signing of Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on a free transfer, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Former Fulham and Charlton man Etheridge is available on a free transfer with his contract at Walsall expiring this summer.

Walsall are keen on keeping the Philippines international and have offered him a new three-year deal, but Cardiff are ready to offer Etheridge to move up from League One to the Championship next season.

Etheridge has impressed during his two seasons at Walsall keeping 12 clean sheets in 41 League One games this term and he has established himself as one of the best keepers in the Football League.

Walsall's Neil EtheridgeNeil Etheridge

Cardiff are in the market for goalkeeping reinforcements this summer as the goalkeeper spot has been a problematic position for Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock.

Warnock brought in Allan McGregor on loan from Hull during the January transfer window, but Warnock has conceded he will not be able to turn the Scotland international's loan move into a permanent deal.

Cardiff are planning to bring in two new keepers this summer with Ben Amos due to return to Bolton Wanderers and Warnock is hoping to tie up a move for Etheridge as he plans to reshape his squad ahead of next season.

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