Premier League new boys told to cough up.
Cardiff City have been told that they will have to pay a fee of around £5 million if they want to stand any chance of landing defender Jesus Gamez, talkSPORT reports.
Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay has already added reinforcements to his defence with the additions of Steven Caulker from Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County’s John Brayford, but he is now also targeting Gamez, who has spent his entire eight-year career with the La Liga club.
Reports coming out of Spain have suggested that the Welsh side have put in an initial offer of £4.3 million for the 28-year-old, but they have told Cardiff that they will need to up that and meet their £5 million valuation before they can even enter talks with the player.
Gamez is thought to be keen on testing himself abroad following eight years and over 200 appearances with Malaga. He was involved in 42 of the club’s matches last season, 10 of which were in the side’s maiden voyage into the Champions League where they exceeded all expectations by making it through to the quarter final stage.
Southampton were also credited with an interest in him, but they have since signed Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren.