Cardiff City have completed the signing of Bristol City forward Lee Tomlin for an undisclosed fee.
The Bluebirds have completed a deal believed to be worth around £2.9 million for the forward, although the official fee remains undisclosed.
Tomlin joined the Robins for between £2m and £3m in 2016 following a successful loan spell from Premier League Bournemouth.
The 28-year-old has impressed during his time at Ashton Gate with a handful of special goals, but it appears manager Lee Johnson wanted to offload the forward, with many citing a possible attitude problem.
Tomlin is known for his controversial antics on the pitch, basing much of his game around winding up the opposition.
And he’s a player Cardiff boss Neil Warnock feels could be an important addition if the Bluebirds are to challenge for a spot in the top six.
Warnock is known for taking a liking to aggressive players who show grit on the pitch, and he has a reputation for getting the best out of players who play on the edge.
If the reported fee of around £2.9 million is correct, then it would make Tomlin the most expensive signing of the summer for Cardiff with five of the six signings arriving for free, and Danny Ward arriving on a much smaller fee than the one due to Severnside rivals Bristol City.
Tomlin, who can be deployed as a midfielder, winger or striker, scored one of Bristol City’s goals of the season against Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium back in October, during Neil Warnock’s first game – and win – as Bluebirds boss.
Neil Warnock is said to be a big fan of Lee Tomlin, so much so that he’s willing to spend up to £2.9 million of the reported £6 million budget for his services.
Warnock claimed last week he is looking for ‘one or two’ more additions to the current Cardiff City squad.
The experienced boss now has the first one of the two and his summer business is almost complete ahead of the team’s trip to Cornwall for pre-season.
Speaking after securing the forward, Neil Warnock told iFollow Cardiff City: “Lee reminds me of Adel Taarabt who I had at QPR. He’s always a threat when he’s on the ball and you’re never quite sure what he’s going to do, but I’m hoping I can get the best out of him here.
“There’s a lot more to come from Lee. His creativity is second to none and we want to give him the platform to use that. This is the right atmosphere for him to revel in.”
Lee Tomlin also had his say on joining the Bluebirds, he added: “I’m over the moon to be at Cardiff City – absolutely buzzing to be at the club and looking forward to getting started.
“I want to get back to the Premier League and I feel I can do that here. I know a lot of the lads here already which makes things even easier for me ahead of travelling down to Cornwall next week.”
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