Swans - Bothroyd too pricey

Cardiff reject cheeky approach and slap £3m price-tag on striker

Bothroyd: Staying with Cardiff

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Swansea have been knocked back in their audacious enquiry for Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd.

The Bluebirds effectively priced their bitter rivals out of a bid for the 27-year-old with Cardiff said to have demanded £3million.

The former Arsenal youngster, who has also had a spell in Italy with Perugia, has scored seven goals in 25 appearances in all competitions this season.

But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins feels Bothroyd's style of play would have suited the Swans down to the ground.

"We have spoken to Dave Jones about the possibility of signing Jay," he told the South Wales Echo.

"We were interested in a number of strikers and that was one conversation we had.

"He is not a player that is within our price range though. Cardiff's valuation for Jay is miles out from where we put ours.

"That is where things stand at the moment. We couldn't come anywhere near Cardiff's valuation.

"Whether you are looking at the Championship, above or below, you want players that suit what we believe is right for our formation and Jay is one of them."