Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has made his first signing ahead of the the Bluebirds return to the top flight. Danish striker Andreas Cornelius has signed a five year deal with the Welsh side, after completing a medical at the sides Vale of Glamorgan training ground. The fee is estimated to be in the region of £7.5million.
Cornelius was the top scorer in the Danish league last season, netting on 18 occasions in the Superliga, for FC Copenhagen; he was also voted Superliga player of the month in October.
His impressive form also saw him make his international debut and a further six international caps have followed, netting once for Morten Olsen’s team.
Still only 20 years old, the 6ft 4in striker was a product of the FC Copenhagen youth system and made his league debut towards the end of the 2011-12 season as a substitute. Within 6 weeks it was confirmed that Cornelius would become a regular first team squad member having impressed with his physicality despite his young age.
His style of play will suit the approach Mackay had so much success with in leading his side to promotion from the Championship and he will look to the club’s new record signing to lead from the front, as Cardiff approach the Premier League in a robust fashion.
Cardiff will be glad to have landed the player, who ended the season as top scorer in the Danish top tier, particularly with Arsenal having shown interest in the player.
Cornelius spoke on the announcement of his signing, of his excitement ahead of his first season in England, saying, “This is a dream come true for me, I’ve been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that’s taking place at Cardiff City. I’m very happy to be here and to be playing for this club in the Premier League.”
He added: “There were opportunities for me this summer and I had to think about what was the right thing to do, the correct step for me to take in terms of my career. I was impressed by what the club is trying to do, the fact it has reached the Premier League and that it has a passionate fan base supporting it.”
Mackay will hope to add to the signing of the Danish striker in the close season. Cardiff have been linked with Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson, Sunderland Striker Danny Graham who is not beleived to be part of Paoli Di Canio’s plans at the Stadium of Light and former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou.
The next two months could well see some interesting developments at Cardiff City Stadium.