Cardiff in shock bid to bring Bellamy home - exclusive
Published 08:26 27/05/10 By Alan Nixon
Cardiff City are making an astonishing move to bring Craig Bellamy 'home' - and the Manchester City ace may help the amazing bid.
Boss Dave Jones has been given the go-ahead from the Welsh club's new Malaysian owners to pull off the coup of the year. And Bellamy is willing to move to his favourite club, who are trying to find ways of making it happen.
Bellamy is on around £4million a year at City and valued at £7million by the mega-rich club. But Cardiff have two ways of getting round that and are working on it.
The fiery forward could ask to be paid a settlement by City in return for cancelling his contract and that would let him go to Cardiff on a sensible deal.
Or Cardiff could take Bellamy on loan for a year and ask City to pick up a chunk of his wages.Cardiff insiders reveal that the plan is advanced and claim Bellamy is 'up' for the idea that will stun football.
Bellamy watched Cardiff in the play-offs and would be happy to go back to his roots with his family.
The far-travelled star has clashed with Roberto Mancini and some City officials lately as his days at the club seem numbered.
But while Tottenham and Everton were lining up for a signing war it appears Bellamy's heart is set on Cardiff and the Championship.
Cardiff know that the move would make them promotion favourites after their Wembley heartache and also fill their new ground.
The new owners have cash for big projects but the real impetus with the Bellamy deal is that their target is willing to give up cash.
Bellamy is a multi-millionaire and can make this dream final move. Now City will have to find a way to make the numbers work.
One top Cardiff source said: "It may sound like a dream bout could be reality soon and it will take the roof off this place."