STEVE Bruce’s transfer kitty will be swollen by £1.5m in the next few days after Michael Chopra – who Sunderland sold two years ago – completed his transfer to Ipswich Town.
The Geordie striker, who re-joined Cardiff City from Sunderland in a move worth £4m in July 2009, has swapped Wales for East Anglia this weekend with cash-strapped Cardiff forced to sell their free-scoring forward.
But the hard-up Welsh club face the prospect of seeing none of the money and instead handing the entire £1.5m over to Sunderland as their final payment of his original transfer fee.
Former Ipswich manager Roy Keane, who bought and sold Chopra at Sunderland, tried hard to sign him again from Cardiff City and offered £2.5m.
New Blues boss Paul Jewell has kept up the interest and is set to succeed with a fee of £1m less.
Cardiff will appoint a new manager to replace Dave Jones over the course of the next week but whoever the new man is, he will have a tough job on his hands at a club paying the price for missing out on promotion to the Premier League this season and last.