The Bluebirds are in talks with the Danish club over returning the 20-year-old flop at a cut-price, just seven months since ex-boss Malky Makay paid a club record £8.5m.

Since then the £45,000-a-week striker has not started a single Premier League game.

His 11 appearances have cost Cardiff £24,360-per-minute, and his signing became a major factor in the bitter fall out between Mackay and owner Vincent Tan, which saw the manager sacked.

Copenhagen confirmed yesterday: “The club is close to closing a deal with Andreas Cornelius”

New Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already signed a direct replacement in Kenwyn Jones from Stoke.