Cardiff City boss Dave Jones has rejected numerous bids for Joe Ledley
Dave Jones fears Cardiff City risk losing Joe Ledley if they fail to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Bluebirds rejected a £6m bid from Premier League side Stoke last summer for the Wales international midfielder.
Cardiff also turned down a January transfer deadline day offer from a top-flight club but Jones may lose Ledley if they remain in the Championship.
"If we don't go up, then someone will probably come to try and tempt Joe away," Jones admits.
The 22-year-old is one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League and has been an inspirational part of Cardiff City's promotion push as the Welsh club sit fifth in the division.
Ledley, who has played more than 200 games for his home-town club, has been consistently linked with Premier League sides such as Stoke, Wigan Athletic, Fulham and West Ham United
If someone comes in and offers £6m or £7m for a player, then that is hard to turn down
Cardiff City manager Dave Jones
The 25-times capped Welshman is out of contract at Ninian Park in the summer of 2010 and Jones admits hanging onto Ledley beyond the summer might prove a lot more difficult if Cardiff miss out on their promotion dream.
"We're not forced to sell anyone," Jones told BBC TWO Wales show Sport Wales.
"But you can't have a player who's not happy.
"If someone comes in and offers £6m or £7m for a player, then that is hard to turn down.
"There are not many clubs in all divisions - including the Premier League - who, if the right price comes in, would turn their noses up at that.
"We will only sell if it's right for the football club and right for the player.
"I don't have to seek any assurances from the board or the chairman. It's quite a transparent football club."
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