Cardiff's Malky Mackay targets four new players

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay says his Cardiff City squad lacks strength in depth

Manager Malky Mackay says he would like to sign up to four new players before the end of August's transfer window to strengthen his Cardiff City squad.

Brighton inflicted the Bluebirds' first defeat under Mackay's reign with a 3-1 victory at Cardiff City Stadium.

Nine new players joined the club during the summer but Mackay admits the squad still needs new additions.

"We don't have the strength in depth at the club. We need to strengthen the squad as a whole," he said.

"If I could get another two players in it would be great. If I could get four players it would be fantastic but you've got to be realistic what is going to improve your group.

"It's easy to bring four or five players but they've got to be players there's a reason [why] they're coming in.

"They're either as good or better as the players that are here or they're potential players that we see developing.

"It has to be the right type of player that comes here but also the right type of person.

"We're still having enquiries and we're still trying to get somewhere. It's certainly an ongoing process. We're looking out there at the moment to try and strengthen the squad because we have to.

"There was 12 players left here in the summer. We need senior players and we need to strengthen the squad as a whole.

"We are looking at four of five youngsters who have never been involved in the first team before to supplement the squad right. That's not something that's going to help us in a 46 game season."

Cardiff's 100% start to the Championship came to an end on Wednesday night as newly-promoted Brighton maintained their own perfect start with a 3-1 victory.

Mackay said mistakes had proved costly against Brighton and that the players would have a chance to put that right against Burnley on Saturday.

"We're ready to go again come Saturday," Mackay said looking ahead to the Turf Moor encounter.

"It will be a tough game. They are a team who have experienced Championship footballers."

Mackay confirmed midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, who missed the Brighton game with an ankle injury, as well as Stephen McPhail and Filip Kiss will miss the Burnley game.

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