Cardiff City have signed Wales striker Tom Lawrence on loan from Leicester City 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.
Cardiff had earlier completed what is sure to be one of the strangest deals on deadline day by signing Zohore on loan from Vincent Tan’s Belgian club KV Kortrijk.
Zohore has joined until the end of the season after moving from Danish side OB Odense to Kortrijk, the Belgian club belonging to Bluebirds owner Tan, earlier on Monday.
The Football League are satisfied that Zohore’s move does not breach any rules of the Bluebirds’ transfer embargo and approved the loan deal.
Zohore started his career at FC Copenhagen before moving on to Fiorentina and then having loan spells at Brondby and Gothenburg.
The 22-year-old joined Odense in February 2015 and has scored seven goals in 16 appearances.