Cardiff City have had a seven figure bid for Bolton Wanderers’ Gary Madine rejected according to a report from The Bolton News.
Reports from earlier in the week indicated that Cardiff were interested in signing Madine after he showed himself to be one of the better performers for the club since their return to the Sky Bet Championship. He has netted nine times this season, including in the last game he has played when he scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Hull City.
The Bluebirds decided to confirm their interest in Madine with a bid said to be worth seven figures but that doesn’t seem to be enough. Bolton have turned down that offer as their head coach Phil Parkinson has said he is very keen to keep his best players as the club aim to successfully battle against relegation. Now it is up to Cardiff whether they will come back with an improved offer to try and get Madine to head to South Wales.
They may face some competition for Madine though should they move too slowly in trying to sign him. Sunderland are also said to be interested in the striker and could soon make a move for him, especially now they know other teams in the race are making offers. Madine may be tempted by a move to Sunderland as he was born in Gateshead and a return to the North East would be a lure for the man who used to be on Middlesbrough’s books.