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Neil Warnock believes some players did not want to join Cardiff City on deadline day because of the Emiliano Sala disappearance.
The Argentine striker signed from Nantes for £15 million last week but went missing along with pilot David Ibbotson after their aircraft vanished over the English Channel on Monday evening on a flight to the U.K. from Nantes.
Nantes pay tribute to Emiliano Sala ahead of their first home game since his disappearance. pic.twitter.com/sXH2ZhD1oD
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This tragedy has shaken world football and the Bluebirds' boss has admitted it's been difficult to bring in any recruits this transfer window.
"One or two of the strikers we were talking about didn't really want to come in the circumstances," he said ahead of Saturday's Premier League home game against Bournemouth.
"They didn't want to come in after what's happened. So it's been a very difficult window."
The relegation battlers managed to secure Leandro Bacuna's signature on Thursday for a fee believed to be around £3 million.
The new signing spoke to the media about the incident.
"A few weeks ago, I was made aware of some interest and it has all gone from there. I'm very happy and looking forward to getting started," Bacuna said.
"Every game I play I give 100 per cent, and I'll be fighting hard to help our team.
"I've played against the manager and you can see he always wants to win. He is so passionate.
"It's going to be great to work underneath him and hopefully he will push me on as a player."
Cardiff are fighting a tightly-contested relegation battle. They're currently four points away from Burnley who sit safely in 17th.
They face an in-form Bournemouth side this weekend. The Cherries go into the fixture high in confidence after hammering Chelsea 4-0 during the midweek fixtures.
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