Neil Warnock has disclosed the part Everton’s Phil Jagielka played in striker Oumar Niasse’s loan transfer to Cardiff City this week.
Warnock had previously attempted to take Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne on loan but the right-back opted for a move to Bournemouth instead.
However, Warnock claims that he took on the advice of Jagielka, who he managed at Sheffield United, before deciding on whether to complete the signing of Niasse from Everton until the end of the season.
“Jagielka said he’d be my type of player and do well for us,” Warnock told a pre-match press conference.
“When I look at the squad there’s not many players on loan who are like Niasse.
“I wanted (Nathaniel) Clyne but that meant I wouldn’t have been able to get Niasse because of the loan rules. So it could be fate and now he’s got this opportunity to put himself in the shop window.”
Cardiff travel to play Newcastle this weekend in what is a huge fixture in the Premier League’s relegation battle. The Bluebirds are just one point clear of Rafa Benitez’s side so avoiding defeat will be Warnock’s primary target on Saturday.