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FORMER Celtic wonderboy Islam Feruz is looking for a new club to get first team football.

Chelsea boss Joe Mourinho loaned the Scottish Under-21 international forward to OFI Crete in the summer.

His contract with the Greek outfit has now expired and it was reported Feruz was on his way to Cardiff City for the remainder of the current campaign.

But the Welsh club’s boss Russell Slade appears to have pulled out of the race for his signature, which includes several of their Championship rivals.

It was understood the 19-year-old, who was born in Somalia and helped to remain in Scotland by the late Tommy Burns, was planning to travel to Cardiff for talks.

But it looks as though Slade has changed his mind and that could open the door for Bolton, Bournemouth, Brighton and Birmingham.

Feruz quit Parkhead in controversial circumstances in September 2011 to move to Stamford Bridge.

The-then Hoops manager Neil Lennon revealed his dismay in the manner the youngster knocked back a professional contract at the club after being nurtured by Burns and the backroom staff.

He also expressed disappointment in the player the Hoops had helped stay in the country after his family were threatened with deportation.

Lennon blamed his agents for “badly advising’ their client.

Feruz has yet to play a Premier League game for Chelsea in almost three-and-a-half years at the London giants.

 
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