Cardiff see Amari'i Bell bid rejected

Amari'i Bell of Fleetwood Town holds off Jordy Hiwula of Bradford City during the Sky Bet League One playoff semi final, first leg match between Bradford City and Fleetwood Town at the...

HITC Sport understands Cardiff have bid for League One star rejected.

Michael Smith of Northampton Town contests the ball with Amari'i Bell of Fleetwood Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Northampton Town at Highbury Stadium...Michael Smith of Northampton Town contests the ball with Amari'i Bell of Fleetwood Town 

Cardiff City have had a bid for Fleetwood Town left-back Amari'i Bell rejected, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Cardiff are in the market for a new left-back after Fulham triggered a release clause in Joe Bennett's contract at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock is now drawing up a list of possible replacements for Bennett should he make the move to Craven Cottage.

Attacking full-back Bell is thought to figure highly on Cardiff's wanted list after catching the eye at Fleetwood for the last two seasons.

Hull City and MK Dons are also both thought to be weighing up moves for Bell this month.

The 23-year-old impressed for Fleetwood last season and was instrumental as they secured a play-off spot only to lose to Bradford City in the semi-finals.

Bell has made over 100 appearances for Fleetwood since joining them on a free transfer from Birmingham City in the summer of 2015.

Amari'i Bell of Fleetwood Town holds off Jordy Hiwula of Bradford City during the Sky Bet League One playoff semi final, first leg match between Bradford City and Fleetwood Town at the...

The pacy defender is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the Football League and a number of Premier League and Championship clubs have been credited with an interest in his services.

Cardiff have firmed up their interest in Bell with a bid, which has been rejected by Fleetwood as they look to keep hold of their best players in a bid to challenge for promotion again this season.

However, with Bell enterting the final year of his contract at Highbury they could find their resolve to keep the defender further tested before the close of the transfer window.

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