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Cardiff Close in on Villa Midfielder

The BBC is reporting that Aston Villa midfielder Wayne Routledge is close to securing a permanent move to Cardiff City.

The Welsh club`s chairman Peter Risdale told BBC Sport that a deal had been agreed with Villa, and that they were waiting to hear back from Routledge regarding personal terms, to make his loan deal a permanent arrangement.

"The two sides are close enough and we are waiting on a response from Wayne."
Risdale on Wayne!

Wayne joined the Villans in the last January transfer window and failed to make any real inroad on the playing squad, making just 7 appearances in a claret and blue shirt, not even mustering a single Premier League start (two attempts at being super sub.) The winger moved to Cardiff in November and his deal is set to end at the middle of January; however it now appears his future is in the Championship, and not with Aston Villa.

Some say it was a gamble, some (myself included) feel it was nothing more than a desperate attempt to get "someone" in when plan A-failed and there was no proper plan B.

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The Journalist

Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 1 2009

Time: 4:28PM

Your Comments

it wasn't really much of a gamble, by the fact he hasn't been played it wasn't really much of anything. I do think it was a no real loss thing though, Villa will surely get their money back transfer wise? Do wonder why he bothered as he never really got a chance but we don't train with these people each day. Certainly impressed at Cardiff, I wish him well, hope he gets his career back on track.
The Fear
Whilst not agreeing with every signing that MON has made, you've got to say, that none of the players he's let go have come back to haunt us. I suppose the closest you get is probably Gary Cahill and I think he'll be no better than a journeyman pro in the end.
TheQ.
Somehow Wayne could never crack the PL. Not a good enough crosser of the ball and blanks on the goal scoring front. Maybe in the Fizz league he will make it.
eastneydave
I think he paid a million quid for him and would not be surprised to see the money returned to the Villa coffers. In fairness he has done well for the bluebirds.
col8
He was great for Palace in the Premiership that season, got shedloads of assists for Andy Johnson. He also looked pretty decent in pre-season for us...anyone remember the FC Wil game? Nah, thought not...good luck Wayne.
olafthegreat
I NEVER EVEN KNEW HE WAS WITH YER!
merlin
He'll do OK in the Championship I think. With some consistent playing time he might improve enough, but I just don't think he's a Premiership quality winger. Best of luck to him at Cardiff...or wherever he ends up going.
Mayo_12
He's just signed for QPR. BYE BYE WAYNE!!!
medzy
What a waste of ******** money that was!
nottinghamvillain
It was a gamble, MON openly admitted that at the time of his signing. In this game it sometimes pays to gamble, some you'll win, others you'll lose. Sadly for Wayne Routledge he couldn't force his way into Martin's first team plans, for a variety of reasons. Good luck to him at QPR.
glensider
Few could deny that Wayne had natural ability, he had. One minute he could look a top player, leaving defenders trailing in his wake, but all too often his final delivery let him down. No end product to all of his approach work.
glensider
 

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