Arsenal have rejected a cheeky bid to take midfield starlet Aaron Ramsey back to Cardiff.
The Welsh club's chairman Peter Ridsdale revealed he was knocked back in an attempt to take his former player back on loan.
And Ridsdale says he would love to convince Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs to end his career at the club, despite admitting that signing Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink was an expensive mistake.
Wales international Ramsey has started just 11 matches since joining Arsenal in a £5million deal last summer, leading Cardiff to make an offer to take the 18-year-old back on a short-term deal.
But Ridsdale told the WalesOnline website: 'I have asked. But my understanding is that Arsenal won't let him out on loan.'
Cardiff have already announced the signing of goalkeeper David Marshall from relegated Norwich, but Ridsdale said he wants eight new players after narrowly missing out on a play-off spot.
The Bluebirds finished seventh in the Championship after taking just a point from their final four games, leading Ridsdale to say: 'The collapse over the last four games was wholly unacceptable and I unequivocally apologise.
'The buck stops with me, then the manager and then the players. But you cannot take four games in isolation, and the best league position in 38 years hardly calls for (Dave Jones) the manager's sacking.'
Ridsdale said he had learned the mistake of going for not-so-golden oldies Fowler and Hasselbaink, but insisted: 'There weren't too many people disagreeing with the move at the time.'
But one veteran he would take on is 35-year-old Giggs. 'I'd like to see a player of Ryan's quality and stature playing for Cardiff City,' he said.