Merry deadline day, Mr Lawrence

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 1:45

Wales striker Tom Lawrence has joined Cardiff on loan from Leicester for the rest of the season.

The Sky Bet Championship club, currently under a transfer embargo for breaching Football League Financial Fair Play rules, made Lawrence their second signing on transfer deadline day following the earlier acquisition of Denmark Under-21 striker Kenneth Zohore.

Lawrence spent the first half of the season at Blackburn and was keen on another loan spell in the Championship to get first-team football ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign this summer.

The 22-year-old won his first international cap against Andorra in their final Euro 2016 qualifier in October and the following month made his first start in the friendly against Holland.

“Cardiff City FC can confirm that Welsh international, Tom Lawrence, has joined the Bluebirds on loan from Leicester City for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, subject to international clearance,” said a statement on the club’s official website.

Wrexham-born Lawrence began his career at Manchester United, making just one senior appearance at Old Trafford before joining Leicester in September 2014 after loan spells at Carlisle and Yeovil.

Lawrence spent further loan time at Rotherham after joining Leicester before a five-month spell at Blackburn this season, where he scored twice in 23 appearances.

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