Hammam names Jerome price
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff owner Sam Hammam says Cameron Jerome will not leave for less than £3.5m.Cardiff City owner Sam Hammam says top scorer Cameron Jerome will not leave Ninian Park for less than £3.5 million.
The Bluebirds chief has already rejected two offers from Championship rivals Sheffield United, the most recent believed to be around £2m.
And, says Hammam, The Blades would stand little chance of landing their top target even if they matched his valuation of the player.
"It will take a top Premier League club to sign Cameron Jerome," he said. "And they'll have to pay around £4m, maybe £5m, but not less than £3.5m."
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock had offered an initial £1.5m, rising by another £500,000 depending on appearances, but Hammam says that bid was rejected out of hand.
"We saved them a lot of money on the cost of their phonecall because it lasted three seconds," he said.
"They are a nice little club but that is what they are. I don't think they have the wherewithal or stature to do it.
"He won't go to one of the lesser sides in the Premier League nor one of the ambitious clubs in The Championship because we won't allow it.
"But I would have a dilemma if a club like Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa or Middlesbrough came in for him."
Meanwhile, Cardiff have confirmed that Finnish midfielder Toni Koskela is to leave the club after failing to win a regular first team place.
The 23-year-old is to move to Greece, although City have yet to reveal the identity of his future club.