City to enter discussions with Hulse

Last updated : 30 June 2003 By Michael Morris
Rob Hulse's agent Stephen Hughes has told the Western Mail this weekend that he and Hulse will be coming to Cardiff for talks this week. Hughes was a bit cautious last week about admitting that only Cardiff had come up with the neccessary offer to tempt Crewe to sell the young striker.

"Rob is excited by Cardiff's interest. For a footballer, it's a good place to go at the moment. Hughes told the Western Mail.

"Now Rob is back from is holiday we are ready to talk with Cardiff. We should be meeting Sam and Lennie either on Tuesday or Wednesday. We are now able to push the move forward because Rob is back from his holiday. It could all be sorted out soon."

Hulse will have to agree to a Cardiff move, accept persorsonal terms and pass a medical but the signs are there that he is interested in a move to South Wales.

"There are other clubs interested in Rob but no one has outbid Cardiff - they are in the driving seat," Hughes continued.

"There have been other bids for Rob but, at the moment, Cardiff's is the best one. Rob was aware Cardiff had made a bid for him before he went away on holiday and I rang him up while he was in France to tell him it had been accepted. I have to be honest, Cardiff wasn't one of the clubs we thought of when it came to looking at the future. But it's an ambitious club and they have an ambitious owner in Sam Hammam. Rob also knows it's a passionate club to play for."

Hulse missed the chance to go to WBA last year, his Premiership dream would have only lasted one season as Albion were relegated.

"He had an opportunity to go to West Brom last year, but Crewe wouldn't let him go. Rob feels he has already missed out on the Premier League.

"Wherever he goes now, it has to have Premier League ambitions."

Todays the day that the players and Lennie were due to start reporting back for pre season training. It's also the day that most contracts expire and new deals start so I would expect to start seeing an increase in transfer activity.

The favourite names for possible signings remain

Rob Hulse, John Robinson, Gary Doherty. Followed by Carl Robinson and Andy Monkhouse. These names have been confirmed as potential targets by the club. There's another 20 names after that linked by the media.

City's first pre season game aginst Koge is less than 20 days away.