Tony Mowbray is still hoping to persuade Andrew Taylor to sign a new contract to remain with Middlesbrough.
The versatile 24-year-old spent a spell out on loan with Watford last season under Malky Mackay, with the former Hornets boss now at the helm of the Bluebirds.
Mowbray admits that the financial rewards on offer to Taylor may be greater in South Wales, but he believes there are still reasons why the utility man will remain in the North East.
Mowbray told the Evening Gazette: "I'm pretty sure there will have been conversations between Andrew and Cardiff.
"I know Malky very, very well and I'm sure as soon as he got that job he was on the phone.
"The boy's got some decisions to make. But I think Cardiff are a different financial club to us, they could probably match if not better what we could offer financially.
"In football terms I think that Andrew would still like to be here playing but next week will decide that."