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Cardiff City boss Dave Jones ponders McCormack exit

Ross McCormack takes on Derby
Ross McCormack takes on Derby in the Bluebirds' 2-1 win

Manager Dave Jones has refused to rule out letting Scottish striker Ross McCormack leave Cardiff City.

McCormack, Cardiff's 24-goal top-scorer in the 2008-09 season, has been linked with a swap deal involving Ipswich Town's targetman John Stead.

Jones said: "I try and keep my best players, but if it means I've got to move one or two out to try and get some in then I'll have to do that.

"If that means it's one of the players the fans like, then that's my job."

McCormack appeared as an 83rd minute replacement for goal-scorer Michael Chopra in their 2-1 win at Derby on Saturday.

McCormack, signed for just £110,000 from Motherwell in the summer of 2008, was top-scorer during his first season in south Wales - and the Bluebirds rejected a £4m bid from then Premier League side Hull City in August last year.

But McCormack struggled with injuries and form last term and the 23-year-old could leave financially troubled Cardiff, with debts of an estimated £30m, as Jones bids to sign two more players before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

But Jones said: "At the moment Ross is still here and he's one of our players."

The 2-1 win at derby left Jones with mixed feelings - praise for loan-signings Seyi Olofanjana and Danny Drinkwater but frustration with a glut of wasted chances.

I brought Seyi to this country six or seven years ago and paid over £1m for him

Dave Jones

Jones first brought Nigerian midfielder Olofanjana to English football while in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2004.

He said: "I brought Seyi to this country six or seven years ago and paid over £1m for him. I think he showed today why he's worth over £1m.

"I think he's a tremendous player and I thought he was a man in there.

"He took a lot of pressure off the likes of Whitts [Peter Whittingham] and Danny - I thought Danny was superb as well - because of the stature of him.

"But he can also play, which isn't a bad thing.

"It was hard fought for us. I thought we started really well, scored a good goal and then we gave a sloppy goal away and it takes us 10 or 15 minutes to get back into it.

"But after that I thought we totally dominated until the last couple of minutes when they just threw everything at us."



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Derby 1-2 Cardiff
14 Aug 10 |  Championship
Cardiff sign Olofinjana on loan
10 Aug 10 |  Cardiff
Hull have McCormack bid rejected
07 Aug 09 |  Hull
Celtic move would tempt McCormack
27 May 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff add McCormack and Dennehy
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