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[January 15, 2014]
CITY IN SEARCH OFSILVA LINING [South Wales Echo (UK)]
(South Wales Echo (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CARDIFF CITY are hoping to land Manchester United target Fabio da Silva - despite his agent's claim that he will be staying at Old Trafford until the end of the season.
The Brazilian left-back had been linked with joining his former United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff before the end of the January transfer window, either on a loan or permanent move.
Solskjaer - who is also reportedly interested in West Ham's ex- United midfielder Ravel Morrison - refused to comment on speculation surrounding United pair Fabio and Wilfried Zaha last weekend and the plot thickened when Red Devils sponsor Airtel India - India's leading telecom company - yesterday sent out a tweet over a scheduled Q&A session with Fabio and his twin brother Rafael.
"Unfortunately, Fabio will be joining Cardiff City on loan till the end of season & hence only Rafael will join us for #airtelAskUnited," read the tweet. However, the tweet was soon deleted amid speculation that talks between Cardiff and United are continuing.
Earlier, however, Cassiano Pereira, the agent of Fabio and Rafael, told an Italian football website: "I don't know anything about these stories.
"I think they are just journalistic speculation.
"Today, I say they will remain in Manchester until the end of the season, but in the summer it is likely that they can leave." Fabio's contract expires in June and it has been reported that United manager David Moyes is happy to off-load the 23-year-old, who was recently sent off in the FA Cup defeat against Swansea.
Fabio had an unsuccessful loan spell at QPR last season and has struggled to make an impact in his time at United, making only nine league starts in five years at Old Trafford.
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