Cardiff City are interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Yohan Benalouane this summer.

The Nottingham Post cite the Guardian in reporting that the Bluebirds will face competition from Championship club Leeds United for his signature.

Benalouane only moved to the City Ground in January, joining from Cardiff’s Premier League rivals Leicester City for an undisclosed fee.

He has since impressed in the Midlands with his consistent performances and gained cult hero status by scoring the winning goal against arch-rivals Derby County back in February.

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Of course, Neil Warnock’s men could be swapping divisions with the West Yorkshire club, with Cardiff currently fighting relegation from the top flight and Leeds sitting third in the Championship table with eight matches to play.

Defending has been the Bluebirds’ Achilles heel this season, conceding 57 goals in their 30 Premier League matches to date.

Benalouane was part of Leicester’s 2015-16 title-winning squad and also featured for them in the Champions League the following season.

He is contracted to Forest until the summer of 2020 and it remains to be seen whether he would be keen on another move so soon after his last one.

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