Cardiff City target Fenerbahce striker Mehmet Umut Nayir

Hamish Woodward

Cardiff City are reportedly eyeing a January transfer for Turkish striker Mehmet Umut Nayir.

The club has initiated talks with Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce, Nayir’s current team since joining last summer.

Manager Erol Bulut is keen on reinforcing the team’s attacking options, expressing interest in a potential reunion with Wales forward Kieffer Moore from Bournemouth.

Cardiff is also exploring the prospect of signing 30-year-old Nayir, a player with four international caps. Nayir’s sole goal for Turkey came in their 2-0 victory over Wales during the Euro 2024 qualifier in Samsun last June.

Having netted 17 goals in the Turkish Super Lig for Umraniyespor in the previous season while on loan from Eyupspor, Nayir’s scoring record has been less prominent since his transfer to Fenerbahce.

Despite making 12 appearances in the Turkish league and Europa Conference League, he is yet to score.

There are rumored interests from West Bromwich Albion as well in the former Besiktas player.

Nayir’s potential transfer is in response to the latest reports that Kieffer Moore looks set to choose Sunderland over the Bluebirds this January.

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