Trans­fer talk hasn’t helped Zo­hore – boss

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NEIL Warnock has ad­mit­ted the lin­ger­ing trans­fer talk sur­round­ing Ken­neth Zo­hore isn’t help­ing the Cardiff City striker.

And the Blue­birds boss has re­minded the Blue­birds’ star’s agent that the Zo­hore’s in-de­mand status has only come about fol­low­ing his im­prove­ment un­der the vet­eran man­ager.

Zo­hore had been the sub­ject of sum­mer ap­proaches, with Cardiff knock­ing back in­ter­est from Ever­ton and bids from Hull.

Brighton were also known to be keen and Zo­hore’s agent Dar­ryl Pow­ell was quoted in Den­mark as say­ing the club turned down a record-sized of­fer for the 23-yearold in the fi­nal days of the trans­fer win­dow.

The same ar­ti­cle – though not the agent – claimed Brighton were will­ing to pay an in­cred­i­ble £17m for Zo­hore, though that has been down­played by sources close to Cardiff.

But hav­ing suc­cess­fully kept hold of Zo­hore, Warnock is keen for the trans­fer talk to come to an end and for the front­man to be al­lowed to fo­cus on his per­for­mances for the pro­mo­tion-chasers. Zo­hore hasn’t scored since the open­ing day win over Bur­ton, and Warnock – on the lat­est pa­per talk – said: “I don’t think any­thing like that helps. It’s no good me pow­der­ing it over – or what­ever I’d re­ally like to say about it. I don’t think it helps does it. The agent should just think him­self lucky that I’ve made him the player he is – be­cause he was go­ing back to Bel­gium and the agent wouldn’t have made a penny but that’s an­other story.”

Warnock will be keen for Zo­hore to show his worth for Cardiff when they host Sh­effield Wed­nes­day to­day, Danny Ward hav­ing put pres­sure on last sea­son’s top scorer with his first league goal for the club in last week­end’s draw with Ful­ham.

Ken­neth Zo­hore (right), pic­tured giv­ing Villa’s James Ch­ester the brush-off

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