Cardiff Chase Devaney

Last updated : 16 May 2007 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Martin Devaney: Linked with a move
Reports from South Wales today are claiming Cardiff City are hot on the heels of winger Martin Devaney.

Cardiff have a growing number of ex-Reds on their books as Stephen McPhail joined Michael Chopra and Chris Barker at Ninian Park last summer.

It seems highly unlikely Simon Davey would be willing to allow Devaney to leave as the midfielder who has bagged 14 goals in 92 appearances, including 6 in the Championship, only signed a new two year deal a couple of weeks ago.

The South Wales Echo though believe £250,000 would be enough for our apparent "cash strapped side"

CARDIFF City are keen on winger Martin Devaney.

The lively and dangerous Barnsley player was watched by Bluebirds' scouts a number of times this season.

Manager Dave Jones wants a wide midfield player who can deliver accurate crosses into the strikers and Devaney is that type of player.

Barnsley manager Simon Davey wants to keep Devaney at Oakwell and the player has signed a new contract.

But it would only take a small fee, probably around £250,000, to tempt the cash-strapped club to part with Devaney.

Cardiff City are to name their official retained list later today and with many players on their way out manager Dave Jones will be working flat-out to strengthen his squad over the next few weeks.

New Zealand international hitman Chris Killen is a major target along with a goalkeeper to take over from the departing Neil Alexander.

Devaney is another on Jones' wanted list, although Cardiff have not yet made a bid for the player.

Devaney has scored 12 goals in 92 first team appearances for Barnsley over the last two seasons.

He started his playing career as a trainee with Coventry City and moved on to Cheltenham Town and Watford before joining Barnsley in 2005.

He has netted 57 goals in more than 300 first team appearances during his career.

Meanwhile local rivals Sheffield United will start life back in the Championship under new leadership after long serving manager and Blades fan Neil Warnock resigned this morning after 8 years in charge. He led Sheffield United to the Premiership in 2006 but were relegated on the last day after defeat to Wigan. Assistant Stuart McCall is favourite to take over.