Reid pushed for Fulham move – Warnock

Cardiff City
Cardiff are again without Aron Gunnarsson for Saturday's trip to Huddersfield, while Lee Peltier and Bobby Reid could start.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says Bobby Reid engineered his shock transfer deadline-day move to Fulham.

Warnock did not want to part with Reid, who he signed from Bristol City for £8.5million in June 2018.

But he insisted Reid, who has joined Championship rivals Fulham on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move, was determined to quit Cardiff in a move Warnock says could see the Bluebirds net 10million.

“It was about three weeks ago that I had a phone call from his agent saying ‘hypothetically if we got a big bid for him would you consider it?'” Warnock said.

“I said ‘no, not at all. I am building a team around him this year unless you come with £20million or something silly like that’.

“That was it as far as I was concerned. Then about ten days or two weeks later he rang me again and said had I considered it.

“So I knew there was something below the surface. You wait until you see what’s coming to the top, and as it’s turned out it’s Fulham he’s set his heart on going to.”

Reid struggled to establish himself as a regular last season when Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League.

The 26-year-old made 16 league starts and another 11 appearances as a substitute, scoring five goals.

But Reid netted 21 times for Bristol City the previous season and had been expected to be a key player for Cardiff in the Championship this term.

“It came down from his agent and that’s got everything rolling,” Warnock added. “I asked him (Reid) the situation and he said he would prefer to go to Fulham.

“It’s disappointing because they are a competitor and everyone’s favourites to go up. But I’ve always said if anyone wants to leave my club, they can. We will never let individuals upset the apple cart.

“I was very disappointed with the way the agent went about it, but I could see Bobby was below-par this pre-season since the conversation with the agent.

“We paid £8.5m for him, not £10m as reported, and if things go well for Bobby at Fulham we will generate about £10m. So we will get more back and do alright out of that deal.”