Ledley urges Jay signing
Joe Ledley has urged Celtic to bring Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd to Parkhead next season.
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Last Updated: 27/05/11 10:23am
Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has urged the club to bring Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd to Parkhead next season.
The England international, who bagged 18 Championship goals this term, is a free agent this summer as his Bluebirds contract has expired.
Ledley knows Bothroyd well following their time together at Cardiff and he believes the 28-year-old would be the perfect signing for Celtic.
The Wales international has loved his time so far at Parkhead and feels Bothroyd would take his game to a new level playing for the SPL giants.
"There will be a lot of interest in Jay as an England international who has just scored 20 goals for Cardiff," commented Ledley.
"He is big, strong and brilliant with the ball at his feet for a guy his size and only recently won his first England cap, so that proves how good he is.
"He's also quick and has proved he can score goals. I think he would be a good addition to the squad but it's not just going to be Celtic after him - a lot of Premiership teams will be as well.
"However, Celtic have a lot to offer. You don't get the opportunity at many places to play in front of more than 50,000 fans, who won't be bettered anywhere, and there's European football too.
"You can maybe play against the best players in the world in the Premiership but up here you perform in front of a fantastic crowd and you must win every game. A draw is never enough.
"I wanted to develop a winning mentality and that's what I've found here. You don't realise how big the stadium is until you actually come here and walk out of the tunnel. It's massive and is a great place to play."
Ledley has revealed he held talks with Stoke, West Brom and had interest from Serie A giants Roma before deciding to leave the Bluebirds and join Celtic on a free transfer.
"Persuading players to come and see the city is definitely a big help and can sway them," he continued. "I made the right decision and want to be here for a long time.
"I went to Stoke and West Brom last summer and had Roma on the phone but decided to sign for Celtic. The gaffer also played a massive part in that.
"My family came up to meet him and he sold the club to us. What he says is the truth, he doesn't lie. He has been there and done it and you want to work for him.
"He told me what he wanted from me and I asked him what he was looking for. That was a big factor."