Transfer window round-up: Bluebirds recruit Dutch winger on loan

who's in and who's needed before deadline day?

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by Dan Cope

CARDIFF City have signed Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut on loan from Norwich City until the end of the season.

The Canaries signed Wildschut for £7 million from Wigan Athletic last summer, but like Norwich, he has struggled for form this season with only one goal in 20 appearances.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock praised the former Middlesbrough player, suggesting he would be an asset if the club gained promotion to the Premier League.

“He is a lad I have always liked, his attitude and versatility will help our situation at the moment. If we went up we would take him automatically,” he said.

Elsewhere, Swansea’s England Under-21 centre-back Alfie Mawson has been linked with a possible £25 million move to Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham.

However, manager Carlos Carvalhal, is determined to hold on to his key players: “When I came to the club the idea was not to sell the best players. The message was very clear.”

The Swans are still looking to bolster the defensive options with CD Leganes defender, Dimitrios Siovas rumoured to be one of their top targets.

The Greece international has impressed in his displays for the La Liga outfit, including in a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid.

However, Carvalhal has made it clear that he does not expect to make any big transfers as he only has the funds for “sardines” rather than “lobsters”.

Down in League Two Newport County striker Paul Hayes finally made his long-awaited debut when he came on as a substitute in Newport’s thrilling 2-1 FA Cup third round victory over Leeds United at Rodney Parade.

The 34-year old veteran striker, who has scored 145 career goals in over 600 league and cup appearances, signed for the Exiles after he was released from Wycombe.

Manager Mike Flynn contacted the former Norwich trainee on his LinkedIn profile, which led to Hayes signing in October 2017, but he could not make his debut due to registration regulations until January 2018.

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