3rd time lucky? Lee finalising City switch

Last updated : 14 August 2003 By Michael Morris
Irish international striker Alan Lee is certain to complete his move to Ninian Park in time to play against Bradford on Saturday.

After Morris and Klos it wil take City fans seeing him pictured in a City shirt, holding up a big scarf and eating a plate of sheeps testicles to prove he's a City player.

Lee moves from Rotherham for £850,000 which may rise on appearances and promotion.

Further to the news that was revealed to City fans on this website yesterday Lennie Lawrence has told the Western Mail

"We have virtually agreed personal terms with Alan and he has always wanted to join Cardiff. We are all but there with him.

"He will bring strength to our attack. He also has pace and the ability to hold the ball up. He can attack defenders, he has a decent goalscoring record - and he will provide severe competition for places at Cardiff."

"Maybe Alan and Thorney can play together. I'm not discounting anything. But Thorney is a couple of weeks away from playing. He can't be rushed back."

"My estimation of Alan went up after that game (Rotherham v City). He was wearing the Rotherham shirt and he had a right go at us."

Lee is undergoing a medical today and is expected to start against Bradford alongside Robert Earnshaw.

The signing of Lee bring's another dimension to Cardiff City's attack. Lee is a recognised target man, he can also play football with the ball at his feet. He was a constant threat last week at Millmoor giving Daniel Gabbidon and Tony Vidmar a right run around. He is strong and at 6'2 also a threat in the air.

Lee could play alongside Earnie, Thorne or Campbell.

The 24 year old Irishman, 25 next week, was born in Galway and achieved his international dream last season by winning two full caps for ther Republic. He sees a move to Cardiff as helping his international ambitions.

Speaking last weekend after playing against Cardff, Lee said

I would be excited by a move to Cardiff." I'm at the time of my career when my next move is crucial. I'm 25 and I have to look to the future. I've heard about the sort of wages Cardiff players earn and that's a lot more than I get at Rotherham.

"I have been aware of Cardiff City's interest in me for about two weeks. A lot of the Rotherham lads have been giving me stick about it in training - they keep asking me when I'm leaving.

"I've heard Norwich are keen on me too, but I have spoken to an old friend of mine David Hughes and he's told me about the set-up at Cardiff - it's the sort of progressive club I want to join."

"I know they have a few Irish boys there - I definitely think I would enhance my international chances down in Wales."

Lee made his full Irish debut against Norway last April, he came on as a replacement for Damien Duff. His second cap came in June when he came on as a sub for City target Gary Doherty of Spurs.

A furious Ronnie Moore is saying little on Lee's transfer his refusal to comment was explained when he said

"I might say something I would regret".

Moore might have more bad news as Middlesbrough are targetting his goalkeeper Mike Pollitt.

Hopefully, we will see Lee complete his signing with no problems. He will get a fantastic reception on Saturday at Ninian Park and will surely boost last minute ticket sales.