Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City are close to signing Joe Ledley from Crystal Palace, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

Ledley becomes a free agent next month when his contract at Selhurst Park comes to an end with the Eagles not offering a new contract to the Welsh international.

Three years at the Club have seen Ledley show his ability but, with the 30-year-old becoming a free agent, it looks likely that he will be departing the London club.

Ledley has seen first-team opportunities limited with the Eagles, with Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic being chosen more often than the Welshman.

The 6ft tall defender started his career by coming through the youth system at Cardiff City, before being promoted to the first team as a 17-year-old in the League Cup in 2004 against MK Dons.

Six successful years with the Bluebirds saw Ledley collect 229 appearances. His successes did not remain in Wales however, as the young midfielder dwas given his full Wales début in 2005 having previously progressed through the U17, U19 and U21 sides.

In 2010 Ledley made his first transfer, joining Scottish giants Celtic. Success followed him to Scotland, with the Celts winning three successive Premiership titles and a Scottish Cup in 2013.

Ledley then moved to England to sign for Palace in the 2014 January transfer window, scoring on his début for the London side. In total the 30-year-old has made 96 appearances in all competitions, scoring six League goals during his three-year spell with the Barclays Premier League side.


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