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Last Updated: Monday, 16 July 2007, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Bluebirds deny Jeffers interest
Francis Jeffers has struggled to win a first-team spot at Blackburn
Francis Jeffers has struggled to win a first-team spot at Blackburn
Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale has dismissed as "nonsense" reports linking the Championship club with a move to sign Blackburn's Francis Jeffers.

The Bluebirds are in the market for a striker after selling leading scorer Michael Chopra to Sunderland for 5m.

Robbie Fowler is one target, but the ex-Liverpool striker was in Australia at the weekend meeting with Sydney FC.

"It's reported in the papers that we're now about to sign Francis Jeffers and that's nonsense," Ridsdale said.

"We're being linked with just about everybody now that we've sold Chopra."

As well as wanting to sign another forward, possibly two more, Cardiff are also in the market for an experienced goalkeeper.

The 4.5m profit made on Chopra, after just a season spent at Ninian Park, gives Cardiff boss Dave Jones scope to dip back into the transfer market.

But like Championship rivals Ipswich, the Bluebirds have a firm wage structure into which Blackburn's Jeffers would be unlikely to fit.

The former Arsenal, Everton and Charlton forward's proposed move to Ipswich collapsed last week over Jeffers' wage demands.

Blackburn and Ipswich are understood to have been close to agreeing a transfer fee thought to be around the 1m mark.

The Tractor Boys were willing to better Jeffers' current Ewood Park wages, with the 26-year-old believed to be on 7,000 a week plus appearance fees.

But even then terms with the player could not be reached.

Ipswich switched their sights to re-signing former Portman Road favourite Pablo Counago, with the 27-year-old a free agent after being released by Malaga.

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