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Cardiff close on Blackpool defender Dekel Keinan

Dekel Keinan
Keinan could be Cardiff's fourth January signing

Cardiff City are closing in on the signing of Blackpool defender and Israel international Dekel Keinan.

The 26-year-old has passed a Bluebirds medical and agreed personal terms on a two-and-a-half year deal but Keinan is awaiting immigration clearance to sign.

Keinan joined the Seasiders last summer from Maccabi Haifa on a free transfer but has made just five starts.

Bluebirds boss Dave Jones said: "All the reports we've had is that he's a workaholic and fantastic professional."

Keinan enjoyed Champions League experience with Maccabi Haifa last season during the group stages and Cardiff tried to sign him but he opted to join Premier League new boys Blackpool, who beat Cardiff in the Championship play-off final.

Now Jones wants to bolster his defence as Cardiff push for top-flight promotion from the Championship this season.

The Israeli centre-back is set to be Cardiff's second permanent - and fourth altogether - signing of the January transfer window following the permanent arrival of striker John Parkin from Preston and the loan acquisitions of Arsenal pair Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Aaron Ramsey.

Keinan is on the verge of completing his Cardiff move subject to clearance from Government authorities - but he will not be available to play against Watford on Saturday.

"He played against Newcastle, Liverpool and Chelsea for Blackpool this season," said Jones.

"So he has played in some big games and done really well.

"We looked at him at the start of the season and tried to bring him in but he chose Blackpool in the Premier League, which was fine.

"We have kept an eye on him and we got a shout that he wants to play and wants to continue his international career and being on the bench isn't going to do that.

"So we asked the question and got the answer."

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