The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Matt Lloyd

VINCENT TAN has told Cardiff City man­ager Rus­sell Slade he can make the big­gest sign­ing of his ca­reer.

The Blue­birds’ debt stands at a stag­ger­ing £120m.

And the club’s con­tro­ver­sial owner Tan has slammed many of the sign­ings made by Slade’s pre­de­ces­sors Malky Mackay and Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer.

But he has been im­pressed at how Slade has res­cued a sink­ing ship and heaved Cardiff back into Cham­pi­onship play­off con­tention.

Now Tan is ready to loosen the purse strings in Jan­uary.

Slade said: “The bud­get is limited but I’ve been told that if the price is right then we can do deals. It helps that we are climb­ing the ta­ble.

“We are look­ing at ar­eas to strengthen but there has to be a bal­ance. The big­gest thing is look­ing at the amount of play­ers we must off-load. There’s a lot of wastage here.”

Slade’s pre­vi­ous record sign­ing was £250,000 paid to Wolver­hamp­ton for winger El­liott Ben­nett while in charge at Brighton in 2009. Now he joins a club who have spent close to £50m in the last 18 months. The for­mer Ley­ton Ori­ent boss said: “My big­gest sign­ing be­fore was a cou­ple of hun­dred thou­sand at Brighton but we sold him (Ben­nett) for £1.2m, so the chair­man was happy.

“Mak­ing a big­money sign­ing won’t worry me.”

Slade, mean­while, has ruled out a move for Celtic’s An­thony Stokes after the Scot­tish club’s man­ager Ronny Deila in­sisted the striker re­mained part of his plans.

“It’s that time of year and you’re go­ing to get linked with play­ers up and down the coun­try,” said Slade.“If we can add a cou­ple in the trans­fer win­dow, things will be a lot bet­ter. But there’s noth­ing in that one.

“We’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, but there’s a lot of im­prove­ment still to come from the group we’ve got.”

Slade is ex­pected to have Jo Inge Ber­get back in Jan­uary after fail­ing to make an im­pact on loan at Park­head. Javi Guerra, Mats Moler Daehli and Mag­nus Wolff Eikrem are all set for the exit in the New Year.

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