CRAIG BELLAMY is likely to wait and see where he fits into the plans of new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before deciding to act on the interest of Cardiff City.
The 32-year-old spent a season on loan with the Bluebirds in the 2010-11 season and is understood to be a target for the Championship side once again.
Bellamy has spoken of his admiration for Reds’ boss Rodgers, believing the Northern Irishman and the club would be a perfect match, but is certain to seek reassurances about his future at Anfield.
The Welsh international has a year remaining on his current deal but could be tempted by a return to his hometown club if first-team opportunities are to be limited for him on Merseyside.
Bellamy was in Cardiff over the weekend on unrelated business but his presence in the city prompted strong rumours of an imminent return to the Cardiff City Stadium.
Liverpool say there has been no contact from south Wales over Bellamy and admitted to being surprised by the news that Cardiff are preparing a move.
It is unclear if Bellamy has held talks with Rodgers yet but if it becomes apparent that his prospects for next season are in line with the last, where he started just 18 of 38 league matches, then he is likely to be interested in a move to Cardiff.
“I was a strange season,” Bellamy admitted.
City manager Malky Mackay is on holiday but it is believed he would do all he possibly could to re-sign Bellamy, should it become an option.
Whilst on loan from Manchester City, Bellamy captained Cardiff and helped them into the play-offs, although with their talisman injured they lost in the semi-finals.
Cardiff’s Malaysian owners have recently announced a £100m investment plan but the proposed move for Bellamy is seen as a way of appeasing disgruntled supporters who are angry with the change of home shirt colour from blue to red for the new season.
Bellamy, whose family home is within minutes of Cardiff’s training ground and whose son is in the club’s academy, has privately made it his mission to help City finally gain promotion to the Premier League and a former team-mate agrees he may have “unfinished business” at the club.
“Craig’s always said that one day he’d like to end his career at Cardiff. He’s still based in and around the Vale of Glamorgan,” said Iwan Roberts, who played with Bellamy at Norwich City.
“He probably thinks he’s got unfinished business at the club after the season’s loan he had
“It finished on a disappointing note for himself, getting injured in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Reading.
“And of course Cardiff were knocked out in that two-legged affair.
“I think he would love to come back and maybe finish that chapter off with helping Cardiff win promotion.”
Mackay could be handed around £10m this summer to strengthen the squad which once again fell in the Championship play-offs.
With roughly £2m of that said to have gone on Birmingham City’s Jordan Mutch, Cardiff have plenty to play with in order to meet Liverpool’s valuation.
Although with just 12 months remaining on his contract, Cardiff could acquire Bellamy on a cut-price deal of near to £2m.
Wages could be a stumbling block, but one suggestion is that Bellamy takes a pay cut but works in a significant bonus clause if the club gain promotion.