Mick McCarthy has said he has had a chat with striker Kieffer Moore, amid speculation about Wolverhampton Wanderers being interested.
The Cardiff City manager spoke during a press conference ahead of his side’s big game with Bristol City this weekend.
It remains to be seen if Moore will feature in the game.
Wolves are said to be keen on the Wales international, and it could be that the club soon go in with a bid.
It is thought Moore would cost over £10 million.
Moore is a key player for Cardiff. After joining last year, he went on to hit 20 goals in his first season.
McCarthy is a big fan of the player, and is hopefully keeping him.
But he is also realistic about a Premier League club having interest in a Championship player.
He said (via Wales Online): “Look let’s be clear about it, if Kieffer gets a chance to play in the Premier League, he will want to do it.
“If he doesn’t there’ll be something wrong.
“If that (move) happens, I would be absolutely devastated for me, the fans and the club. But I’d be delighted for him.”
On whether Moore could find the speculation about him distracting, McCarthy added: “I don’t think we’ll have that problem with Kieffer because he’s different class, he’s a great lad.”
Wolves currently only have two centre-forwards: Raul Jimenez and youngster Fabio Silva.
Arguably, it would be a risk to head in with just those two, although the likes of Adama Traore and Daniel Podence have operated centrally before.
And really, Wolves ought to be adding a central defender and central midfielder first.
A reasonable chance of a move
It’s going to be an interesting few days.
Clearly McCarthy wants to keep Moore, but maybe Wolves come in with a surprise bid.
The relationship with Cardiff is a good one, with Wolves having loaned Dion Sanderson to them a couple of seasons ago, and Ryan Giles there this term.
If nothing happens in the next 24 hours, then Cardiff’s matchday squad this weekend is certainly worth keeping an eye out for.