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Cardiff miss out on loan deal for keeper Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland
Chris Kirkland, 29, has won one England cap

Cardiff City's bid to sign former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland on loan has fallen through, BBC Sport Wales understands.

The Bluebirds wanted the 29-year-old as current first-choice keeper Tom Heaton is struggling with a groin injury while David Marshall needs elbow surgery.

But it is understood an emergency loan deal could not be agreed with Kirkland's club Wigan Athletic.

Kirkland has had two loan spells with Cardiff's rivals Leicester this season.

He is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League but his career has been blighted by injuries.

Liverpool paid £6m for the 6ft 3in stopper in 2001 - making him the most expensive goalkeeper in British transfer history at the time - but was sent out on a season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion in the 2005/2006 campaign.

And Kirkland joined Wigan in 2006, initially on loan before the deal became permanent, where he rediscovered his best form winning the club's Players' Player of the Year in the 2007-08 season.

He joined his home-town club Leicester on loan until January but returned to the DW Stadium after just three games and an injury-hit spell at The Walkers Stadium.

After returning to Wigan for treatment on a back injury, Kirkland played for Roberto Martinez's men against Bolton Wanderers but was stretchered off after a collision with Johan Elmander in a 1-1 draw on 5 January.

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see also
Hull 0-2 Cardiff
26 Feb 11 |  Championship
Bolton 1-1 Wigan
05 Jan 11 |  Premier League
Kirkland defends fitness record
26 Nov 10 |  Leicester
Leicester complete Kirkland deal
25 Nov 10 |  Leicester
Liverpool net two keepers
03 Sep 01 |  Liverpool

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