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Reds and Cardiff in Bellamy talks

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Cardiff City have held talks with the Merseysiders over a move for Craig Bellamy.

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Earlier, Bellamy, who turned 33 last month, said he was taking things "day by day" as he moves closer to a return to his home-city club, expected to happen within the next few days, and Rodgers said: "We have been in talks with him and Cardiff.

"He is a big Liverpool supporter, but I also understand his thinking. He is 33 and has travelled around the country all his life, so there are compassionate reasons. We will look at it, but we will wish him all the best and move forward.''

QPR are also interested in the Welshman but he is thought to be keen to re-join the Bluebirds, where he spent the 2010-11 season on loan, as his family home is just outside Cardiff.

Asked about the possibility of moving of returning to the club, Bellamy told the South Wales Echo: "Look, you know me better than to expect me to talk publicly about that. I've no immediate plans at the moment. What will be, will be.

"I don't think too far into the future. At this stage of my career I just have to take things day by day."

Bellamy has one year left on his contract at Anfield, and Rodgers had indicated that he would be happy for him to see it out.

However, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is understood to have been busy trying to sort out a deal for Bellamy, who captained Team GB to the quarter-finals of the Olympic football tournament (with nominated skipper Ryan Giggs left on the bench) before they were beaten on penalties by South Korea.

Mackay wants to complete Bellamy's signing before Cardiff begin their Championship season at home to Huddersfield a week on Friday.

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