Striker a must for Warnock

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has confirmed that signing a new striker remains his top priority before the January transfer window slams shut.

The Bluebirds have scored 19 goals in 21 Premier League games played so far this season, with Warnock admitting that more firepower will be needed to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

He told reporters: "I'd still like another striker, even with the lads that are here. We're very thin on the ground in that area and we've got to try and get more goals into the team.

"Clubs and players are always trying to get the best deal, while the same clubs are chasing the same players.

"You've got to work hard to try and get signings, but the games are also important. I imagine (it will go down to deadline day), that is the way it is looking at the moment."

Callum Paterson, with four, is the leading scorer for City in the top-flight so far this season, with Victor Camarasa and Josh Murphy having both netted three times.

Next up for the Bluebirds is a crunch showdown with rock-bottom Huddersfield Town at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, with the two side shaving played out a goalless draw in West Yorkshire earlier this season.

The hosts are 13/10 to win the game and are 11/2 to do so by a 1-0 scoreline, with Cardiff 1/1 not to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Signings key to Warnock hopes

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is determined to try and bring in a number of new players in January to give his side the best chance possible of escaping relegation.

The Bluebirds were beaten 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday evening, with a missed first-half penalty from Joe Ralls proving costly as the hosts scored three times inside 12 second-half minutes to put the game to bed.

Afterwards, Warnock admitted that it will be vital to try and bring in some reinforcements next month, with midfield and attack his main areas of concern.

He told reporters: "It's an important part January and I'm hoping we can get three or four to help the lads that are here, because we've shown that we can compete.

"If I didn't get another defender, it wouldn't worry me.

"More importantly we've got to have someone up our sleeve if something happens to (Aron) Gunnarsson and we've got to have a striker as we can't ask Callum Paterson to keep doing it."

The Bluebirds failed to win any of their first seven Premier League games of the season, but have since secured three victories in seven further outings – defeating Fulham, Brighton and Wolves.

City are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Southampton to the Cardiff City Stadium.

The last meeting between the two sides in South Wales, on Boxing Day in 2013, finished 3-0 to the visitors, with Jay Rodriguez (2) and Rickie Lambert scoring inside the opening 27 minutes of the match.

Cardiff are available at 9/5 to secure victory on Saturday, with the draw priced at 11/5 and a 2-2 final scoreline a 16/1 shot.

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January crucial to Bluebirds hopes

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock accepts that steering his side to safety in the Premier League this season could hinge on his recruitment success in January.

The Bluebirds have won two of their last five top-flight games to give themselves hopes of being able to move away from the wrong end of the table, with their next assignment a visit from an out-of-form Wolves side on Friday evening.

And Warnock is hoping to keep City ticking over in the coming weeks, before setting his sights on bringing in a number of new faces when the transfer window re-opens.

He told Sky Sports: "Last year was the biggest achievement in the circumstances. If you sort of multiply that by ten, then staying up would be in around about that.

"It is doable. You can always look back and wish I'd done this and that and I did feel in the summer we needed a few more players.

"While we are favourites to go down, if we can hang in there until January and bring a few players in, we'll have a fighting chance."

"We've got to bring in three or four players to give us the next step up to compete with the teams we're playing against."

Warnock has been forced to field Callum Paterson in an attacking role due to a limited number of options and the former Hearts man has responded in fine style by scoring three times in his last five games.

Paterson can be backed at 3/1 to score at any time on Friday evening, with Cardiff 11/4 to win the game and 4/1 to do so by a one-goal margin.

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