Cardiff City chase after £10m rated Capoue

Since winning the Championship last season, Cardiff City has been busy trying to reinforce its squad following the step-up to the top flight.

This has been no easy task for the Welsh side who have only made one signing so far this summer with the club having several deals fall through at the final hurdle.

After missing out on several players, Cardiff are now targeting Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue who could be available for around £10m.

The Frenchman has long desired to play in the Premier League and Cardiff are reportedly preparing to submit a bid later this week.

Despite the club failing to play a game in the top division so far, their new found status could be enough to persuade the France international to consider a move to Cardiff.

Over the last few months, Capoue has been linked with several top English clubs such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham who have all considering placing a bid for the midfielder.

Capoue has become a regular name on the start sheet for Toulouse in Ligue 1 over the last few years having featured in 194 games for the club.

The Frenchman has regularly been a consistent member of the squad notching up at least 30 appearances a season in the league.

This resiliency and consistency has seen the player also work his way through the French national set-up where he has now become a full member of the national squad.

It has meant that Capoue has now earned 5 appearances for France in the past year including scoring his first international goal in a World Cup qualifier against Belarus in September 2012.

Should Capoue move to Cardiff, it would end the club’s drought in the transfer window which has only seen them sign Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen for £7.5m back at the start of the month.

Since then, the club have been close to completing a number of deals for several players including Tom Ince and Victor Wanyama but negotiations have often broken down in the final stages.

This has caused some unnecessary headache for Cardiff fans who would’ve been hoping that their club could build on the success from last season almost instantaneously.

The Welsh side are still optimistic signing big names such as Etienne Capoue but the side will need to make sure players put pen to paper soon to avoid being underhanded for when the season starts next season.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!