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Cardiff sympathy for restless duo

Roger Johnson and Ross McCormack
Johnson and McCormack were Cardiff's two key players last term

Boss Dave Jones sympathises with Roger Johnson and Ross McCormack after the Cardiff City duo signalled their desire for a move to the Premier League.

On Wednesday the Bluebirds accepted a bid from Birmingham City for centre back Johnson, which is understood to be in the region of £5m.

Top scorer McCormack has publicly stated that he would "like to give the Premier League a chance".

"People must remember playing football is their livelihoods," Jones said.

Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale had confirmed that "Roger would like to talk to a Premier League side", following the Bluebirds' disappointment at missing out on a Championship play-off place.

Wales international and Bluebirds captain Joe Ledley is another one of Jones' players who has caught the eye of top-flight clubs.

Stoke City have had £6m bids for Ledley rejected by the Championship club, while he the 23-year-old midfielder has caught the eye of Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and Scottish club Celtic.

But as Ledley has only a year left on his Cardiff deal, his potential valuation has probably decreased.

Jones said Cardiff have had no bids for Ledley and Scotland international striker McCormack, who scored 21 league goals last season, while newly promoted Premier League side Birmingham appear to have got their man in Johnson.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones
I hope players like Roger stay but in football you never know. If players do leave we'll have to make sure the deal is right for Cardiff City

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones

"Everybody has an ambition to play in the Premier League," Jones told BBC Sport Wales.

"And if an opportunity comes up they'll want to take it, you must remember it is their livelihoods and at the moment they're not plying their trade in the division that they want to play in."

Jones has been forced to sell many of his best players to bigger clubs over the years.

Aaron Ramsey has left for Arsenal, Cameron Jerome to Birmingham, Chris Gunter to Tottenham, Michael Chopra to Sunderland - before his return last season - and Glenn Loovens to Celtic.

Cardiff, who Ridsdale insists need to "sell one player a season to survive" have recouped more than £15m in transfer fees in Jones' four-year Bluebirds reign.

"We always have the problem of players leaving us and wanting to play in the Premier League," said Jones.

"I hope players like Roger stay but in football you never know. If players do leave we'll have to make sure the deal is right for Cardiff City.

"We've a reputation for bringing players in from smaller clubs, coaching and developing them to become better players.

"But unfortunately we're not in the division they all want to play in and the bigger clubs come calling.


"I think we're top in the division of developing academy players and buying players for £100,000 and within a short space of time selling them for big money.

"It's hard to keep building teams but every season I have to lose some players and then start again, and if that's the way it continues to be then that's what I'll continue to do."

"We'll try to hold onto as many players as we can but the club will make their decision. And, if we need to sell, hopefully I'll get as much money as I can to get as many people in."

Jones is tracking 22 potential transfer targets and has been linked with Manchester City's young Wales striker Ched Evans and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller.

The Cardiff manager admitted he has made enquiries about players but said: "Nobody is making a move yet because managers want to keep all of their options open.

"We've made enquiries about some players like how much they'd cost, while we've also looked at free transfers and players who are out of contract.

"I've been making calls but the silly season hasn't started yet, the merry-go-round will start when all the managers return from holidays at the start of July."

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Johnson completes Birmingham move
25 Jun 09 |  Birmingham
Cardiff reject Blues' Johnson bid
08 Jun 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff ready for Ledley offers
17 May 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff's Ledley warning to Pulis
01 May 09 |  Cardiff
Jones hints at Ledley departure
04 May 09 |  Cardiff
Jones fearing Ledley summer move
06 Mar 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff turn down bid for Ledley
25 Jan 09 |  Cardiff
Ledley 'to remain' at Bluebirds
12 Dec 08 |  Cardiff
Cardiff refuse Ledley Stoke talks
01 Sep 08 |  Cardiff
Johnson agrees new Cardiff deal
22 Jul 08 |  Cardiff
Ledley extends Cardiff contract
02 Oct 07 |  Cardiff
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