While transfer deadline day roared with its usual fervour, there was radio silence at Cardiff City Stadium.

That is because, while it was the first deadline, it was certainly not the one the Bluebirds have been working towards over the last few months.

The domestic transfer window runs until October 16, another 10 days’ time, and it is over the course of the next week and a half when we are likely to see the Bluebirds really make their moves.

Monday’s deadline was rather meaningless for City; they were never in for any targets outside of the Premier League and EFL structure and they can still deal with those clubs until October 16. Unless AC Milan came in with a shock bid for Sol Bamba, it was always going to be a quiet day!

But the club, and its fans, will hope that is not the case over the coming days, with a flurry of activity still expected at the Welsh capital city club.

In terms of priorities, Cardiff City are certainly eyeing the top end of the pitch, with Neil Harris keen to add at least one more to his attacking ranks.

A number 10 is considered to be the main priority, however available players in that position tend to be thin on the ground.

There is a growing belief that while Lee Tomlin will doubtless continue to provide moments of genius throughout the season, as he did last term when he almost single-handedly propelled City to within reach of the play-offs, it is unrealistic to rely on him alone to churn out the sheer volume of minutes required.

Sheyi Ojo was brought in on loan with a view to him being able to slot in should Tomlin be absent, but it is understood that an out-and-out playmaker, if available, is top of the wish list.

A winger could also be on the cards, but the club have four wingers, Junior Hoilett, Josh Murphy, Gavin Whyte and Ojo, already on the books and another wide man might be considered a luxury.

Should the right player come at the right price, though, City could move.

The same, too, could be said for a striker. Cardiff have made contact over a number of striker targets in this window, Kieffer Moore being one while Brighton’s Viktor Gyokeres had been on the radar, but he has now moved to Swansea City on a season-long loan.

With Omar Bogle, Danny Ward and Gary Madine all having left the club in recent months and Isaac Vassell still struggling to regain full fitness, it would not be surprising to see another striker come through the door. But it seems lower down in the pecking order.

And, lastly, and perhaps a position they are looking at a little higher up in the priority list, a right back.

Jordi Osei-Tutu has come in and done excellently so far, but there is currently no cover for the 20-year-old.

Leandro Bacuna filled in at right back towards the end of last term and while he should be praised for covering his less favoured position, his limitations as a defender were shown up and the midfield certainly suffered as a consequence.

Dion Sanderson has been linked with a return to Cardiff City Stadium, having impressed during his loan spell from Wolves last term, but the Bluebirds are not alone in their interest, with a number of Championship clubs also sniffing around.

But the potential recruitment of a right back is certainly part of the conversation at Cardiff City.


Neil Harris has recently spoken about the turbulent nature of this transfer window, given the financial fallout from Covid-19, and explained how deals can arise and collapse in a heartbeat.

But the manager does hope he will be busy in the coming days.

“The leaders, the young players coming through, the flair players, the resilience, I’m really pleased with it,” Harris said after the goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

“But as a manager you always want more, so we’ll have to see what happens over the next two weeks.”

So, make no mistake that over the course of the next 10 days, there will be many twists and turns when it comes to the Bluebirds’ transfer business.