Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay cool on January window

Craig Noone
Craig Noone played youth team football in Liverpool's and Wrexham's academy

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay insisted there will be no "knee-jerk reaction" from the club as the January transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

The Bluebirds have had a £500,000 offer for Brighton winger Craig Noone rejected by their Championship rivals.

"I've got nothing to say on [the Noone bid]," said Mackay.

"There will be no knee jerk reaction. We have had targets all the way along. We get to see whether they come off or don't come off, and some haven't."

Mackay, who has also failed with a bid for Blackpool's Matt Phillips, insisted that if the club was not successful in the transfer window they could always fall back on the loan market.

"But we are fully focused that what we are doing is the right thing at the football club for the football club and there won't be anything that will be last gasp," added Mackay.

"The loan window opens in seven days again. We have a fully fit squad right now and we have a group of players here who are desperate to do well for the football club and that is the most important thing.

"The old clock ticks down. It's like some sort of nuclear bomb's ready to happen tomorrow night and we have a game in the middle of it all.

"But we'll keep doing our business the way we do up until that point and if it works then it comes off fine, but if it doesn't, if it's not right for the football club, then we'll continue in the loan market."

Mackay would like to bolster his options on the flanks as Scot Craig Conway is currently his only recognised winger now the Cardiff manager has moved Peter Whittingham into a playmaker role in the middle of the Bluebirds midfield.

And Noone would fit into Cardiff's plans although the club have not believed to have improved their offer to Brighton.

Noone started his career at non-league Skelmersdale United in the 2005/06 season and ended up ended up at Plymouth via spells with Burscough and Southport.

Brighton signed the former Liverpool trainee from Plymouth Argyle in the 2011 January window and he scored two stunning goals as Gus Poyet's men romped to the League One title last season.

Noone, who impressed in man-of-the-match display in Brighton's 2-1 League Cup defeat to Liverpool earlier this season, still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Amex Stadium contract.

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