Cardiff City & Portsmouth race to sign Rodrigues - sources

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

8th Jun, 2023 | 11:50am

Sources: Cardiff City, Derby County, Portsmouth, Barnsley and Oxford race to sign Ruben Rodrigues

Cardiff City, Derby County, Portsmouth, Barnsley and Oxford are chasing Notts County ace Ruben Rodrigues on a free transfer this summer, sources have told Football Insider.

Rodrigues, 26, is out of contract later this month and although he has been offered a new deal at Meadow Lane a number of sides are ready to lure him away.

The Portuguese attacker played an instrumental role in Notts County’s promotion from the National League last season.

He had 34 goal involvements for the Magpies, scoring 19 and providing 15 assists.

The 26-year-old joined Notts County from Dutch side FC Den Bosch in 2020 with his deal expiring this month.

The striker had a turbulent first season with the Magpies, scoring just four goals in 23 appearances but since the arrival of Ian Burchnall at the helm the player has been on an upward trajectory that is drawing the attention of clubs across England.

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Speaking to BBC Sport earlier this season (15 November), the forward said the current campaign is the best he’s ever had in terms of how he feels on the pitch and his work-rate off the ball.

Throughout the 2021-22 season, Rodrigues netted 20 goals and provided nine assists across 45 appearances for the club.

Rodrigues was the subject of interest last summer but Notts County managed to hold on to their star goalscorer who proved pivotal in their promotion to League 2 this season.

In other news, Cardiff City and Rotherham United in race to sign defender.