Bluebirds swoop to sign Brayford

Cardiff City have announced the signing of defender John Brayford from Derby County on a four-year deal.

Brayford, 25, is reported to have cost around £1.5 million and ends a three-year spell at Pride Park.

He told his new club’s official website: "When I heard Cardiff were interested in signing me then I was obviously very interested, especially at the prospect of playing in the Premier League and testing myself at the highest level. Derby will always be a special club to me, but this was an opportunity I couldn't ignore."

Derby boss Nigel Clough has pledged to use the funds to bolster his squad.

He told the Rams’ official website: "We’re sad to see John go but he wanted to play in the Premier League and once Cardiff came in with an offer, he made it clear to us it was an opportunity he wanted to take up.

"We have got a very good fee for John and that money will ensure the squad is strengthened as a result. He has given us three excellent years of service and we wish him well at the Cardiff, but we have to move on and the search is now underway, although we have a number of targets in mind already, to ensure we improve the squad.

"We have another very capable right-back in Kieron Freeman on the books who did well last season when called upon."