The Bluebirds striker has struggled for playing time under Neil Warnock and could be about to move to the Russian Premier League

Cardiff City striker Ibrahim Meite looks set to depart the Premier League club in January as he undergoes a trial with Russian Premier League side FC Ural.

The 22-year-old scored in a 45-minute appearance for Ural in a behind-closed-doors trial against Cypriot first division side Enosis Neon Paralimni Football Club.

After John Terry turned down a contract offer with Spartak Moscow in favour of becoming assistant manager of Aston Villa, Meite would follow David Bentley in being the only Englishmen to have played in Russia.

Neil Warnock was personally involved in signing the young striker from non-league side Harrow Borough F.C in 2017 but he has made only two appearances for the Bluebirds, while also spending six months on loan at Crawley Town.

The Cardiff manager has met with Meite to discuss his future and has explained his difficulty in giving him first-team football, with the club now competing in the Premier League.

Spartak Moscow, Rostov, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse have been alerted to the availability of the striker, who is open to an overseas move to seek more playing time.

Jadon Sancho’s rise at Dortmund, earning him his first caps for England, has seen calls for more English players to move abroad in search of regular football, with Eric Dier explaining that he thinks it is a good idea.

Dier, who spent time with Sporting CP at the start of his career before joining Tottenham in 2014, said: “I hope players continue to do what Jadon is doing.

“That’s so important for their development. Not just as a footballer but as a man.

“He’s out of his comfort zone and he’s living by himself in a foreign country. Those experiences are important for you to grow as a person.”

Reiss Nelson is another player to have made the decision to move abroad, with the England Under-21 international excelling in his loan spell with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

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