CARDIFF CITY have confirmed their interest in signing Craig Bellamy – as another in-demand Liverpool player reveals his immediate plans.
Championship side Cardiff want to bring 32-year-old Bellamy back to the Cardiff City Stadium after the 32-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell in the 2010-11 season.
However the Bluebirds have yet to act on their interest and have not contacted Liverpool about the availability of the player, who has 12 months remaining on his contract.
Reds defender Martin Skrtel has also yet to receive any offers from outside Anfield, despite Manchester City’s designs on Liverpool’s player of the season.
The Slovakian centre-half says he will return to the club late next week and is hoping Liverpool can improve on the inconsistencies of the previous campaign.
Though Skrtel was a regular in Kenny Dalglish’s side, Bellamy endured a frustrating season in which he found Premier League opportunities hard to come by, starting just 18 of 38 matches.
Cardiff are desperate for Bellamy to front their promotion bid after consecutive years of play-off disappointment.
Many believe Bellamy may have “unfinished business” at his hometown club and has his family home just minutes from Cardiff’s training base.
However, the former Manchester City man has yet to hold talks with Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers about his future.
Should the new Liverpool manager see Bellamy as part of his plans for the coming season then Cardiff’s interest may subside.
But for now, they remain keen.
“We would love to have Craig back,” said Cardiff chief executive Alan Whiteley.
“But he is a Liverpool player and until Liverpool and Craig decide what they are going to do, there are conversations that we can’t even have at the moment.
“We don’t know how it is going to pan out and it is for Craig and Liverpool to decide what they are going to do first.
“But if Craig decides he is going to leave Liverpool and Liverpool are prepared to let him go, then clearly we’d love to talk to him.”
Skrtel, meanwhile, says he plans to return to Melwood late next week.
Manchester City, who failed to meet AC Milan’s valuation of Thiago Silva, have targeted Skrtel as a more realistic option.
However, Skrtel says there has been no offers made for his services.
“I will be leaving for Liverpool on July 6,” Skrtel, on his honeymoon, confirmed.
“I am very excited about the new season and I hope we will be ready and this time it will be much better than in the last one.
“There is also speculation about my exit from Liverpool but I can say that there was no offer on the table yet and we didn’t hold talks with any club.”