Tonight's Cardiff City news as Erol Bulut makes Bakasetas transfer admission and player becomes free agent

-Credit: (Image: Sport24)
-Credit: (Image: Sport24)

Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Sunday, June 30.

Erol: We tried for Bakasetas in January

Erol Bulut admitted he tried to lure Anastasios Bakasetas to Cardiff in January before the player opted for Panathinaikos.

The Greece national team captain was reported to be one of Bulut's top targets heading into the January window, however the Bluebirds boss suggested that such a move was financially not workable.

And he has spoken about the transfer saga on Greek channel Sport24, on which he was asked if he tried to sign the player from Trabzonspor in last season's winter window – to which he replied: "Yes, it is true.

"But it was not easy for us to get Bakasetas, because of the (transfer) embargo. So it was not easy for us to get Bakasetas here.

"He was a great player for me (at Alanyaspor). When I took him, at that time he was at the bottom of his career, but at Alanyaspor we refreshed him to get back on top of his performances.

"He played a great season with me. He played a great season with Trabzonspor and he is the captain of the Greece national team now."

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Bulut admitted that last season, his first in charge of the club, came with its difficulties, but is far more bullish about his side's chances next term, unburdened by a transfer embargo.

"Our season was a difficult season for Cardiff," he said. "We didn't have a chance to make transfers because of an embargo – we could take only free players in the market.

"Everybody seen that with no budget, we made really good transfers last season. Maybe everyone thought that we would get relegated, but our team showed character last season and we finished mid-table. For a few weeks we were in the play-offs and we were really pushing for the play-offs. With a little bit of luck, three wins more, we could have been in the play-offs.

"Of course, this season our targets are different. My team, my players know what we have to deliver this season to get into the play-offs and that will be the target for this season."

Swans in for Harris

Swansea have been linked with Oxford United and Wales striker Mark Harris.

The former Cardiff City forward, who hails from Swansea, banged in 19 goals during his debut season at the Kassam Stadium, playing a big part in earning the club promotion to the Championship.

And now The Sun's Alan Nixon claims Swansea are keen on adding the 25-year-old to their striker roster this season.

However, reports of Swansea's interest in the striker have been played down to WalesOnline.

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Antwi to become free agent tonight

Cardiff midfielder Cameron Antwi will officially be a free agent come midnight tonight.

The central midfielder sees his contract run out at the end of the day, but he has been offered a new contract to stay with the club.

He was one of five out-of-contract players to be offered fresh terms upon the announcement of the club's retained list, but Raheem Conte, Kieron Evans, Tom Davies and Matt Turner all signed new deals.

Antwi, 22, however, has not put pen to paper just yet. It's been a frustrating 18 months or so for the former Blackpool man, who made his debut in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. He was also on the bench for the final three games of the Championship season.

But Antwi's career trajectory looked to be on the up at the end of the 2022/23 season before a horrible injury set him back months. He recently admitted it left him angry and altered he course of his progression.

"My injury at Cardiff. I was doing so well in the season, then at the end of the season I got injured. I did my PCL and my MCL on my left leg and then my MCL on my right leg at the same time," he told Kanga.

"When that happened, things were happening. So this season right now (last season) would have been on loan. I would have had how many games. It's just slowed things down.

"That's why I was angry. I wasn't angry that it happened, I was just angry because it was slowing things down in my career. But it made me grow as a person that made me mentally stronger. I had to go through it. I feel like I had to go through something big like that."