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Several clubs in the hunt for Welsh striker

As soon as Cardiff City failed to make the Premier League last season, a number of top-flight clubs would have been alerted to the availability of striker Craig Bellamy.

The Welsh striker spent the entire season on loan at the Bluebirds, but he is unlikely to remain there for another year given their continued status as a Championship club.

Bellamy is also unlikely to be required at Manchester City, so he is on the hunt for a new club this summer and given his Premier League pedigree, he is not short of admirers.

The latest club to join the race for his services are Stoke City. The Potters have joined Celtic, Sunderland and Blackburn in expressing an interest for the former West Ham United striker.

Any deal is likely to be temporary though with Man City prepared for Bellamy to go out on loan for the season once again. It is thought that there potential price tag for the 31-year-old would put off the several interested clubs.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is certainly keen to pursue his interest in Bellamy as he looks to add some firepower and Premier League know how to his strike force. He has also been linked with Cameron Jerome and Carlon Cole so far this summer.

It could be hard for any Premier League club to sanction a deal for the Welsh international though as Bellamy recently stated that Man City was the only Premier League club he would be interested in playing for.

This opens the door for Celtic who fancy their chances of convincing Bellamy back to the Scottish Premier League for a second spell with the club.

Much depends on the two clubs being able to come to an agreement on who pays the player’s wages, but discussions with regards to this should begin soon.

As it has been many times before, Bellamy’s future is uncertain and there are many casting an eye over how things progress.

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