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Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock hoping to start making offers for new players after being told his Premier League budget

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Neil Warnock has revealed that he is already scouring the transfer market for new players ahead of next season.

The Bluebirds boss has already turned his attention to next season just over a week after his side secured promotion to the Premier League.

It’s been a celebratory week for Cardiff City with last week’s promotion and this weekend’s open top bus parade to celebrate.

However, while the players have been letting their hair down to celebrate in Ibiza, manage Neil Warnock has been hard at work.

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Warnock has already been plotting for next season and speaking after the club’s open top bus celebrations on Sunday, he revealed that he’s already making progress on new signings.

“I’m speaking to quite a number (of agents)”, said the 69-year-old.

“I’d like to move a couple on if I can, make a few offers and I know after talking this morning what money is available.

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“I’ve told them what I think I’ll need. I didn’t ask for silly money or things we can’t afford. We just have to work together and hopefully everybody sees that.”

It’s also that time in the season when managers hold the dreaded meetings with out-of-contract players to tell them whether they will be staying or going.

And Warnock wasted no time, holding the meetings on Tuesday, just two days after the club sealed promotion.

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“I’ve already had the meetings with the players,” added the Yorkshireman.

“I had them on Tuesday this week, then I met with Mehmet (Dalman) this morning for three hours, we talked about budgets, transfers and everything else, and new contracts for players.

“We all know where we are and I want to try to get things going because in the past when I’ve been in the Premier League, with QPR I couldn’t sign anyone until the end of August because they were selling the club – it was a nightmare – I ended up signing six players in two days.”

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One player yet to sign a new contract is star winger Junior Hoilett, whose current deal expires this summer.

The Canadian made a huge contribution to the Bluebirds promotion season, managing 11 goals and assists, as well as picking up the Players’ Player of the Year Award.

However, while supporters start to get a little nervous around Hoilett’s contract situation, manager Neil Warnock is in no doubt over whether he will sign.

When asked if Hoilett would be sticking around, he simply replied: “Yeah, definitely. Who else is going to have him?”

(Featured image: Callum Ellis)