WalesOnline reports that Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff City are targeting a January move for Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine. Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock hasn’t hidden from the fact he hopes to add to his squad this month, especially in the forward areas, given the injuries suffered from a number of players this season.

Danny Ward remains out of action for a good will longer, whereas forward trio Kenneth Zohore, Rhys Healey and Omar Bogle have all endured injury pain earlier in the campaign, having only just returned too. Warnock believes that target man Madine is just the type of player and character they need to boost his options in this area of the pitch.

Madine, aged 27, played now part for the Trotters in their FA Cup Third Round defeat to Premier League Huddersfield Town at the weekend. Manager Phil Parkinson certainly views his as a key player at the Macron Stadium, especially with the fact he has scored nine goals in 27 matches so far. He is one of the first names on the team sheet and would leave a sizeable hole if indeed he moved on. Perhaps the chance to compete for a spot in the Premier League is too good for the former Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday front man to reject. Time will tell on that front. What is clear is that Warnock is a fan and is exploring the possibility of bringing him to the Cardiff City Stadium. He saw first hand the sort of damage he can cause, when netting in Bolton’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff just before Christmas.

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