Cardiff City may likely miss out on re-signing Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on loan, according to manager Neil Warnock.
Grujic, 22, joined Cardiff in January and featured 14 times as they won promotion back to the Premier League.
Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock had been confident in re-signing the young Serb for a second spell, but look set to miss out on the player.
“Grujic looks like he will stay put… I think he would be better off here but it is a contract issue, I understand his point of view,” Warnock said.
“Liverpool have four competitions before Christmas and he can play in those without being named in the 25-man squad.”
Grujic has made eight substitute appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool since joining from Red Star Belgrade for £5.1m in January 2016, when he became Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Reds boss.
Warnock opened up on his frustration of missing out on other potential signings in the expectation that Grujic would return to Cardiff City Stadium rather than remain at Anfield.
“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,” Warnock said.
“We need a couple of midfielders and a striker. We are really short in midfield.”