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Hoop dreams are on hold for Cardiff's Ledley

Joe Ledley has returned to Cardiff after talks with Celtic failed to progress.

The 23-year-old Wales international and agent David Baldwin visited Celtic Park for discussions with club officials on their latest visit to Scotland.

The midfielder looked set to commit to Celtic on a long-term contract after being offered a reported £25,000 weekly wage.

But he returned to Wales last night without signing.

Celtic also remain hopeful of signing Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who remained in Scotland today after visiting the club's Lennoxtown training complex.

English Championship club Cardiff would expect several million pounds of compensation should Ledley move to an English team but FIFA's transfer age limit is a year less for moves to Scotland, meaning Celtic would acquire the player for free.

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with Ledley, including Stoke, Liverpool, West Brom and Blackburn.

Ledley has made more than 250 appearances for Cardiff after making his debut aged 17, and has accumulated 32 caps for his country.


Hull midfielder Bullard spent yesterday afternoon in Loch Lomond spectating at the Scottish Open golf tournament after his latest talks with Celtic.

Hull are keen to release the 31-year-old from their wage bill following their relegation to the Championship and could sanction a loan deal which would see them pay a portion of his salary.

Hoops boss Lennon has so far signed two full-backs this summer in South Korea international Cha Du-Ri and former Aberdeen player Charlie Mulgrew.

He is also awaiting an answer from defender Sol Campbell, who finished last season with Arsenal, after holding talks with the veteran last month.

Campbell, however, is currently in talks with Sunderland.

Former Hull and Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng, 34, trained with Celtic this week, although the likelihood of him moving to Glasgow may have diminished after he was the victim of a reported attempted sabotage of his car wheels.

Lennon and his staff have also been assessing Montenegro striker Slaven Stjepanovic and Le Mans full-back Ibrahima Camara in training.