Newly promoted Cardiff City are plotting an audacious treble summer spree of signings to completely revamp their strike force to ensure enough firepower to establish themselves in the Premier League.

Manager Malky Mackay has identified guaranteed goals as his transfer priority this window and is rigorously pursuing his two top targets…with a third that can exclusively be revealed by the Cutter today.

While the Bluebirds battle with fellow top flight new-boys Crystal Palace for Blackpool’s exciting winger Thomas Ince and are reportedly lining up a £3m bid for West Brom pariah Peter Odemwingie we understand the Welsh outfit have also joined the chase for Villa misfit Darren Bent, a move that would defiantly signal the club’s ambitious intent.

The 29 year old England hit man has an impressive proven record with 115 goals in 244 Premier League games but has fallen dramatically out of favour at Villa Park with boss Paul Lambert patently not rating his all-round attributes. Such is the slump in his stock that the claret and blues are prepared to take a huge hit on their initial £18m outlay meaning one of the best poachers around is available for a knockdown £6m for any potential suitors. While Newcastle have declared their interest they have since cooled after being put off by the player’s reluctance to lower his £65,000 a week wages. However Bent is determined to kickstart a stalled career and revive a flagging reputation and with Mackay presently tied up with securing an experienced centre back (believed to be the Magpie’s Mike Williamson) and the aforementioned duo he is content to play the waiting game.

Should no flurry of firm offers come Bent’s way the thinking is that the player will cede to a lowering of his pay demands to a bracket that accommodates both Cardiff and another interested party Fulham.

It is set to be an exciting year for supporters in South Wales and with the prospect of Odemwingie, young flyer Ince, and Bent joining the striking ranks alongside Bellamy and Campbell, it could yet be an ever more tantalising one.