Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has confirmed he is no longer pursuing Marko Grujic and that he missed on on several transfer targets while waiting for the Liverpool man.

Grujic earned a call-up to Serbia’s World Cup squad after playing 14 times for Cardiff on loan last season and with the Bluebirds in the Premier League this season, Neil Warnock wanted to see the 6 foot 2 midfielder move to Wales for a second spell at the club.

However, a deal for Grujic has collapsed just days before the Premier League’s deadline day.

What the future holds for him at Liverpool is unclear but he certainly won’t be joining Cardiff on loan which would have been a great move for him as he would have been able to garner Premier League experience.

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“Grujic looks like he will stay put,” Warnock said. “I think he would be better off here but it is a contract issue, I understand his point of view.

“Liverpool have four competitions before Christmas and he can play in those without being named in the 25-man squad.

“I have missed out on a couple of targets waiting for him, it is disappointing as everything was agreed with Liverpool. But sometimes fate intervenes.”

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