Sory Kaba set for transfer exit a year after he saved Cardiff City

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Cardiff City fans' favourite Sory Kaba has been told he can leave UD Las Palmas this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The forward was arguably the most important signing Cardiff have made in recent years, with eight goals in his first 14 appearances for the Bluebirds a huge reason for them avoiding the potentially ruinous drop to League One.

Goalscoring strikers are hard to come by at Cardiff, with only Kaba and Kieffer Moore bucking the trend in recent years, but the Guinea international was a tour de force at times and helped to turn the tide of poor results after Sabri Lamouchi's arrival. Indeed, not even Moore (25 goals in 66 games) can match Kaba (eight goals in 17 games) in terms of goalscoring ratio.

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His spectacular bicycle kick goal against Watford, the winner of last year's goal of the season award, will live long in the memory. While his presence in the area is something Cardiff sorely lacked last term.

Former Bluebirds transfer chief Kevin Beadell had a big hand in securing Kaba's signature, as he did with a number of loanees who thrived in the Welsh capital, and some even hoped the club would bring him back for a permanent return. Indeed, chants of "Sory Kaba, we want you to stay" rung out at more than one stadium a year or so ago.

However, Kaba signed for La Liga outfit UD Las Palmas last summer, wanting top-flight football and opting for Spain instead of a return to the Championship. Sign up to our Cardiff City newsletter here.

But it's just not worked out for the 29-year-old centre-forward. In 28 games for the Gran Canaria side, he has netted just three times and the club finished just two spots above the relegation zone. He fell massively out of favour, too, playing in just five of the last 20 La Liga games — three of those appearances were for fewer than 10 minutes off the bench — since the turn of the year.

As a result, Las Palmas have started to look for centre-forward options. According to news outlet Canarias 7, striker Munir will be allowed to leave this summer at the end of his contract, while Kaba, who has a deal there until 2027, has been told he can leave permanently or on loan.

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The report adds that Ayoub El Kaabi, who plays for Olympiacos, and Iván Azón of Real Zaragoza are being eyed up to replace the aforementioned duo next season.

Cardiff are in the market for at least one striker this summer, we are told, however it is unknown as yet whether Kaba would be someone on Erol Bulut's radar.