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Done deal! Ireland defender Cunningham secures move to Premier League

The Galway native has signed a three-year deal at Cardiff City.

From Preston to Cardiff: Greg Cunningham is on the move.
From Preston to Cardiff: Greg Cunningham is on the move.
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Updated Jun 13th 2018, 12:25 PM

IRELAND DEFENDER GREG Cunningham is set for Premier League football after signing for Cardiff City on a permanent transfer.

The 27-year-old joins from Preston North End on an undisclosed fee until summer 2021 — although it has been reported to be in the region of £4 million.

The Bluebirds failed in a bid to sign the Galway native back in August, when their £2 million offer was turned down, but interest has since been renewed as it looks like the two clubs have struck a deal.

With a year to go on his contract at Preston, it’s thought that Cunningham was keen to move on once the possibility of Premier League football arose after an eight-year hiatus.

The four-time capped international had spells at Manchester City, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City before signing at Deepdale in 2015 and making over 100 appearances since then.

He’s had a frustrating few months plagued by injury, with a hamstring problem forcing him to withdraw from the Ireland squad to face Turkey in March.

His last appearance in the green jersey came in February 2013.

Cardiff meanwhile, won automatic promotion to the Premier League as they finished second in the Championship this year under Neil Warnock.

“It’s fair to say that I’ve been an admirer of Greg for a number of years and that he’s consistently been one of the best left-sided defenders for club and country,” his new boss said.

“We’re delighted to have his experience and knowledge so as to supplement Joe Bennett who had a great time last season. I anticipate that Greg coming in will give us a lot of strength down that left-hand side.”

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