Last Updated: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:20
Cardiff's bid to sign Mike Williamson from Newcastle this summer depends on the Magpies landing a replacement centre-back.
Williamson has been told be can leave St James' Park and join the Bluebirds - but only if Magpies boss Alan Pardew can secure a new centre-half in the process.
Williamson is keen to get the deal done and be reunited with Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, who he worked with at Watford, and a fee in the region of £4million has been mentioned.
However, well-placed reports in the north east say the transfer will only go through if Newcastle get someone else in as Pardew and their new director of football, Joe Kinnear, want to have four centre-backs in competition for the two places in the first team.
Currently, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Williamson are the four, but Williamson would be surplus to requirements if someone else comes in.
The Magpies have been linked with FC Twente defender Douglas, but that deal apparently collapsed last week, while they are also tracking West Ham defender James Tomkins.
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