Cardiff have suspended their head of recruitment Iain Moody and replaced him with an unknown 23-year-old who was formerly on work experience, reports BBC Sport.
Moody helped Cardiff sign summer recruits such as Gary Medel and Steven Caulker in his scouting role.
But he has been succeeded by Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, who was on work experience at the club in the summer and who is a friend of owner Vincent Tan's son.
Cardiff are yet to comment.
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