Cardiff have become the latest club to try and lure Phil Jevons away from Huish Park through the press. Earlier in the season Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan revealed their interest for the striker through the Chester Evening Leader but Yeovil boss Gary Johnson quickly slammed the reports.
Cardiff City boss Lennie Lawrence has strongly indicated that he would be interested in signing the Yeovil frontman in the coming months. Lawrence worked with Jevons at Grimsby Town and he admits he is tempted to bring the hot shot to Ninian Park. "In the summer we've got to be realistic," Lawrence told the club's official website. "Thereís lots of strikers out there that are out of contract at the end of the season. Jevons is the top scorer in that league and he's at Yeovil. I had him at Grimsby so I know all about him. It depends on who comes in for Jevons. If a Sunderland or a West Ham do then we would struggle to compete for him but I don't think that would be the factor, itís the transfer fee as well. With the player I just described then the transfer fee is the factor, whereas if you were taking someone who'd been freed by a bigger club then the salary is the factor but it's going to be difficult to find a striker."
Last month Johnson was forced yet again to dismiss reports that top scorer Phil Jevons has been the subject of a bid from Championship outfit Cardiff. "There is no substance to that whatsoever," assured Johnson, speaking to the Western Daily Press.
Furthermore, it is increasingly unlikely that the South Wales club could afford the highly rated striker having revealed a debt of over £29.6m in March of this year. Even if they could manage to find the large sum for the 25-year-old, it is even more doubtful that the Welsh side could sustain his wage. Cardiff were forced to offload captain Graham Kavanagh to Wigan in order to relieve their mounting wage bill just five weeks ago after struggling to meet the obligations of their payroll. The Bluebirds have also recently come under fire from other Championship clubs after controversially being given a 750k loan from the PFA to cover players wages until the end of the season.
[Article by George Murray.]
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