Cardiff could face competition from Championship pair Derby and Aston Villa if they move for Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu in January. The Wales international was linked with a loan exit over the summer but Chelsea opted to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
However, Ampadu is yet to feature this season and so far has appeared in just one matchday squad, having been an unused substitute in the Europa League win over MOL Vidi.
Chelsea are expected to send the 18-year-old out on loan for the remainder of the campaign in the winter window and Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has previously admitted he would be open to taking the youngster, who can play in defence or midfield, on a temporary deal.
“He will get that by playing games. When you play with the type of players he has to play with it does help with his education,” said Warnock in September. “They have good players who could do with playing – and if they could get a game in the Premier League I think it would help their development.
“I will be speaking to somebody at Chelsea about one or two things.”
If Warnock does decide to firm up his interest by making a move for Ampadu he could well face competition.
Derby, managed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, and Aston Villa have also been tipped to make moves for Ampadu.
Chelsea’s decision could well rest on who can provide Ampadu with more game-time in the second half of the season, although Cardiff will hope the fact they can offer Premier League experience will put them at the front of the queue for the the former Exeter City man.