Joe Ledley set to be offered improved Cardiff City deal
Joe Ledley has played for home-town club Cardiff City since the age of nine
Cardiff City are set to offer out-of-contract midfielder Joe Ledley an improved deal, BBC Sport understands.
The Wales international's deal expires this summer and Ledley looks set to leave after Cardiff's Championship play-off final defeat to Blackpool.
But the club's new board have made it a priority to offer Ledley, who has been in contract stalemate with Cardiff for 18 months, an improved contract.
Ledley is attracting interest from both Premier League and Scottish clubs.
The 23-year-old has often spoken of his desire to join fellow Cardiff academy graduates Aaron Ramsey and James Collins in the Premier League.
Ledley, whose Wembley winner against Barnsley fired the Bluebirds into the 2008 FA Cup final against Portsmouth, scored in their 3-2 play-off final disappointment at Wembley on Saturday as Blackpool clinched Premier League promotion.
But Cardiff fans fear that was Ledley's final game for his home-town club as the local boy left the Wembley turf in tears.
Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic - who could both offer Ledley Champions League football - are both tracking the player while top-flight clubs Everton, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers are among those apparently monitoring his situation.
The 32-times capped Welshman already turned down a new four-year deal last year as the player's representatives felt the fans favourite deserved a wage closer to the club's top-earners.
And former boss Lennie Lawrence, who gave Ledley his Bluebirds bow as a 17-year-old, has urged the Cardiff should do everything to keep their prized asset.
"I would be doing everything in my power for him to stay for one more year," said Lawrence, who guided Cardiff to 2003 League One play-off final glory.
"I think he is a Premier League player but I think it is in everyone's best interests that he stays for another year.
"If I was him, I'd be thinking I'd give it one more year as he is only 23 and has time on his side.
"Joe is a hero at Cardiff and a focal part of the team and I don't think his long term development would be hindered by staying a Cardiff for another year."
Negotiations between Ledley's representatives and former Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale broke down after both sides failed to agree suitable terms.
Now the Welsh club's new board hope to compromise with Ledley on not just his wages but possible buy-out clauses if interested clubs wanted to make a move for the player.
Cardiff, though, do have financial worries and face a fifth winding order in the High Court by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on 16 June.
Cardiff rejected a £6m bid from Stoke for Ledley in the summer of 2008 and another £6m offer from another top-flight club, believed to Wigan Athletic, in January 2009 but his value has plummeted as his contract has been allowed to run down.
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The Bluebirds will receive no fee or compensation should the player move to a 'foreign' club outside of the English football pyramid so he would be totally free if he was lured by one of the Old Firm giants.
But Cardiff would receive minimal compensation if he moved to the Premier League and another English club.
The buying club would hope to agree compensation with Cardiff but if no fee is agreed the compensation will be decided by the Football Association's tribunal.
Ledley, whose uncertain future meant he was stripped of the Cardiff captaincy at the start of the season, said before their play-off campaign that he would not make a decision on his future until he knew which division Cardiff would be in next season.
Now it is decision time for the player, who last signed a three-year deal in 2007.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Peter Enckelman, defenders Aaron Morris, Tony Capaldi and Riccardo Scimeca and strike duo Warren Feeney and Josh Magennis have been released.
Defender Miguel Comminges has until January to prove his fitness after injury.
And new deals have been offered to midfielder Jonathan Meads and goalkeeper Jordan Santiago.
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