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Cardiff City closing in on Hamburg striker Sven Schipplock on free transfer – reports

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Cardiff City are reportedly close to signing Hamburg striker Sven Schipplock on a free transfer following the Bluebirds’ promotion to the Premier League.

The German outfit were recently relegated from the Bundesliga on the weekend, and the 29 year-old could become Neil Warnock’s first signing this summer.

Schipplock has made just 21 appearances since his move in 2015, which cost £1.75 million but he has failed to make a proper impact, failing to score at the Volksparkstadion.

And according to the Hamburger Adendblatt, Cardiff are favourites to secure the striker’s signature – he has just six weeks left on his contract.

He has spent this season on loan at Darmstadt 98, where he has registered two goals in 23 appearances for the 2. Bundesliga outfit.

Before joining Hamburg, Schipplock spent four years at Hoffenheim, scoring 16 goals in 84 appearances – his finest spell came at Stuttgart II, where he scored 31 times in 89 outings.

Although his goal-scoring ratio doesn’t seem impressive, if there is one player who can get the best out of the German-born striker, it is Neil Warnock.

Cardiff will be keen to improve their attack, with versatile midfielder Callum Paterson ended up as their top scorer during the 2017/2018 Sky Bet Championship campaign, after he netted 10 goals for Warnock’s men, despite missing the first few months of the season through injury.

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If Cardiff are to survive next season, having strength in depth will be key and Warnock has already spoke of how keen he is to get business done early on in this window, and Schipplock could be the first of a few additions for the Yorkshireman.

Warnock confirmed at the promotion parade yesterday that he was looking forward to the Premier League and has already been given a budget to work with by the Cardiff City board.

(Featured image: Jon Candy)