Football: THE RUMOUR MILL: STUART COULD BE TOO OLD FOR CITY; THE TRUTH BEHIND THOSE CITY TRANSFER STORIES
Byline: Gavin Allen
THE transfer activity at Ninian Park is set to hot up within the next week as Lennie Lawrence returns from holiday. With Cardiff's preseason training programme beginning on Monday, Lawrence will be keen to bring players in sooner rather than later to give them as much time as possible to gel with the existing squad.
Here are the latest men linked with City and our ratings in the validity of those rumours.
Graham Stuart ** CHARLTON Athletic's experienced midfielder Graham Stuart is the latest man linked with the Bluebirds Division One revolution.
Lennie Lawrence is known to be on the lookout for a goalscoring midfielder who can link the engine room and the frontline and Stuart was spotted enjoying a drink in Mill Lane last week.
Former Chelsea and Everton player Stuart has scored 82 goals in 468 career appearances and cost the Addicks pounds 1.1m when he joined from Sheffield United in March 1999.
However, Stuart is 32 years old and Lawrence's transfer inquiries so far have shown he is keener on younger players than he is on veterans. Rob Hulse ***** THE move for Rob Hulse remains subject to several factors, including a medical and personal terms.
A clutch of other first division clubs have registered their interest but noone has matched Cardiff's undisclosed offer, believed to be around pounds 700,000.
Gary Doherty ***** THE deal for Tottenham's Republic of Ireland international Gary Doherty remains in the offing but is far from imminent.
Lawrence has agreed terms with Spurs, but has yet to persuade central defendercumstriker Doherty that his future lies at Ninian Park. …