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Bluebirds reject bids for Johnson

Roger Johnson
Cardiff City have rejected two bids for Roger Johnson

Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale has confirmed the club have rejected two 1m-plus bids for Roger Johnson.

Championship rivals Ipswich Town and another unnamed club have bid for the centre-back who starred in Cardiff's heroic FA Cup final defeat.

The Bluebirds have also rejected another seven-figure bid from another club, believed to be Nottingham Forest, for winger Peter Whittingham.

"We're trying to keep the team together, not sell it," said Ridsdale.

Cardiff are resigned to losing teenage sensation Aaron Ramsey as the Championship club have accepted bids of approximately 5m from Premier League giants Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton for the midfielder.


Joe Ledley, the 4m-rated Wales midfielder, has also been tipped to follow fellow academy graduate Ramsey to the top-flight.

But Ridsdale insists: "We firmly believe Roger and Glenn Loovens are probably the best central defensive partnership in the Championship.

"Therefore our objective this summer is to keep those two players together to ensure our best push at the league next season.

"The only way we'd consider selling Roger, or Glenn for that matter, is that if we received a knock-out bid and the manager thinks we could replace them.

"The bids for Peter and Roger just shows how shrewd we've been in the transfer market," added Ridsdale.

"As we bought both players for just a quarter-of-a-million and now we're rejecting bids of more than 1m for the both of them." Ridsdale did reveal the futures of superstar strikers Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will depend on how successful manager Dave Jones is in his search for striking reinforcements.

Both one-time Premier League goal kings signed one-year deals at Ninian Park last summer with an option for another season.

Hasselbaink endured a stuttering season in South Wales while Fowler hasn't played since mid-December due to a hip injury.

Ridsdale said: "Dave has given me his transfer targets and clearly we need strikers next season to give us a better shot at promotion.

"Robbie and Jimmy's futures at Cardiff will depend totally on if we are able to bring strikers to the club."

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