Cardiff City are plotting to make a move for out of contract Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge according to a report from HITC Sport.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper has been at Walsall for two years now and has been a popular member of the squad, being a key player as they reached the Sky Bet League One play-offs last season. While the Saddlers were underwhelming this year and finished 14th this year, Etheridge was still very good and seen as one of the best players in the team.
However his two-year contract is set to expire in the summer and while Walsall are doing their best to try and keep him around by offering a three-year deal, Etheridge has turned that down and looks like he is set to leave the Banks’s Stadium when his current deal expires. And Cardiff now look set to move in and offer the goalkeeper a contract of their own to get him to jump up a league.
Their head coach Neil Warnock has identified the goalkeeping position as a problem for them and even though they have had Allan McGregor on loan from Hull City since the January transfer window, they don’t believe they will be able to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer. So they have been looking elsewhere to find their new number one and with Etheridge set to be a free agent and Cardiff not having a big budget, it seems like it would be an ideal fit for both parties.