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Cardiff snap up Konstantopoulos

Dimi Konstantopoulos
Konstantopoulos impressed while on loan at Cardiff's rivals Swansea

Greek keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has joined Cardiff on a season-long loan, covering injury-victim Peter Enckelman.

The Coventry City player will join the Bluebirds squad on Tuesday and will compete with Tom Heaton for a starting spot for the rest of the season.

Enckelman underwent knee surgery on the weekend and is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks.

Cardiff's local rivals Swansea had hoped to secure Konstantopoulos, 30, after he impressed there on loan.

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But the Football League refused to extend his stay until the end of the season when a weather delay meant the paperwork for the deal was not signed before Monday's transfer deadline.

The chairmen of Swansea and Coventry wrote to the Football League to ask for the special dispensation due to the adverse weather conditions, as was granted by the Premier League.

But they were turned down and - because Konstantopoulos was signed on an emergency loan deal - he could not extend his 93-day stay.

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