Cardiff City has secured the signing of Yakou Meite, the former striker of Reading, on a two-year contract. Meite, who emerged from the Paris St-Germain academy, became a free agent after rejecting a new contract offer from Reading following their relegation from the Championship last season. With 47 goals in 165 appearances since joining Reading in 2016, the Ivory Coast international confirmed his departure from the club last month.
Meite expressed his enthusiasm for joining Cardiff City, stating that the decision was an easy one after engaging in numerous conversations with manager Erol Bulut. He was impressed by Bulut’s vision for the club and the project he aimed to accomplish. As the third signing under Bulut’s leadership, Meite’s arrival is highly valued. Bulut praised Meite’s strength, speed, and familiarity with the Championship, having played in the league for the past five to six years. The manager emphasized the importance of Meite’s goal-scoring ability and acknowledged that some time would be required to prepare him for the upcoming season, considering his recent arrival with one month remaining until the league begins.
Meite, who scored four goals in 27 appearances during the previous season, previously represented Paris St-Germain before joining Reading. Cardiff City, currently under an EFL embargo that prohibits them from paying transfer fees, also recently completed deals for Ike Ugbo, a Canadian striker, and Dimitrios Goutas, a Greek center-back.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about signing
Who did Cardiff City sign in this transfer?
Cardiff City signed Yakou Meite, the former striker of Reading, on a two-year deal.
Was Yakou Meite a free agent before joining Cardiff City?
Yes, Yakou Meite became a free agent after declining a new contract offer from Reading following their relegation from the Championship last season.
How many goals did Yakou Meite score for Reading?
Yakou Meite scored 47 goals in 165 appearances for Reading since joining the club in 2016.
Why did Yakou Meite decide to join Cardiff City?
Yakou Meite stated that it was an easy decision to join Cardiff City after having several conversations with manager Erol Bulut. He liked the project and vision presented by the manager for the club.
Who else has Cardiff City signed recently?
Cardiff City also completed deals for Ike Ugbo, a Canadian striker, and Dimitrios Goutas, a Greek center-back. These signings were made earlier this week.
Can Cardiff City pay transfer fees for players?
No, Cardiff City is currently under an EFL embargo, which prohibits them from paying transfer fees for players.