Craig Noone: Cardiff winger not for sale, says Scott Young

Craig Noone and Joe Mason
Craig Noone (left) and Joe Mason are both attracting interest from other clubs

Cardiff City are determined to hold on to their best players despite interest from other clubs, according to assistant manager Scott Young.

A transfer embargo means Cardiff cannot sign players, but striker Joe Mason and winger Craig Noone are attracting interest from other clubs.

With the Bluebirds putting a £5m-£6m price tag on Mason, Young confirmed Noone was not for sale.

"We need to keep him, that's for certain," he said.

"Clubs are going to be looking at good players. Craig Noone is a good player.

"That means Craig is performing - that is what we want."

Players vying for places

New loan recruit Lex Immers and fit-again Aron Gunnarsson are vying to start in midfield for Saturday's Championship clash against Rotherham.

Cardiff will be looking to follow last weekend's 3-1 win at Wolves in which Noone scored two spectacular goals and set up the other for Joe Ralls.

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Icelandic midfielder Gunnarsson is available again after missing the Wolves game because of sickness.

Dutchman Lex Immers was signed from Feyenoord on Thursday.

Young said: "He's played in a lot of positions. We see him playing further up the field in the 10 or nine position, which he has done a fair bit in his career."

Still ambitious for promotion

He added the signing of Immers underlined their determination to challenge for play-offs despite the embargo, imposed for breaching financial fair play rules.

"We are under embargo but [can] bring someone in on loan. We continue to move forward like that," said Young.

"We will take each game as it comes, but are the play-offs still in distance? Yes, for certain.

"We feel, as a management team, as a coaching team, as a group - including the players - that is still certainly achievable."

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