Cardiff City are set to make an approach to try and sign hearts’ Callum Paterson on a pre-contract deal according to a report from The Scottish Sun.

The 22-year-old defender had been attracted a lot of interest back in January, with Cardiff said to be one of the teams that were considering making an approach during that transfer window. However any hope that he would be leaving Edinburgh were soon dashed when he suffered a serious knee injury in December which is set to rule him out for ten months, meaning he is unlikely to get back to playing until September or October.

However even with Paterson still doing rehab to try and recover from this injury, Cardiff remain interested in him and look set to make an approach for him in the next few weeks. His contract is set to expire in the summer and as he plays in another country, Cardiff could start talks with him now to sign him on a pre-contract deal.

The only delay on the deal is to see if everyone on Cardiff’s transfer committee agree on making the move. In order to sign him, owner Vincent Tan, chairman Mehmet Dalman, chief executive Ken Choo and head coach Neil Warnock must all agree that this is the right move.

And they may have to make this decision quickly. Several of the same teams that were interested in Paterson at the end of last year are still interested in the defender and look likely to start talks with him over the next few weeks.

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