Cardiff City and Swansea City are reportedly set to battle for the signature of free agent Matty James following his release from Leicester City.

James was sent out on loan by Leicester last season, spending the first portion of the season at Barnsley and the second half with Coventry City.

The Foxes released their retained list earlier this month and it was confirmed that James would leave the Midlands club after nine years.

MailOnline now claim that Championship trio Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol City are all in the hunt for the 29-year-old midfielder.

The Robins are likely favourites to land the player, given their manager Nigel Pearson, formerly in the hot seat at Leicester, signed James from Manchester United back in 2012 and will know him very well.

From a Cardiff City standpoint, it is understood that Mick McCarthy is pleased with the current quartet of Will Vaulks, Leandro Bacuna, Marlon Pack and Joe Ralls and it is expected all four will remain in situ.

It would seemingly be surprising if the Bluebirds did choose to bolster even further in that position, especially with more pressing additions needed in other areas of the pitch, however they are said to be monitoring the situation.

For the Swans, they have been keeping tabs on Bristol City's Liam Walsh and appear to be in the market for a central midfielder.

With a number of clubs having taken a look at captain Matt Grimes, it may well be an area Steve Cooper looks to strengthen this summer. Given James is a free agent, he will likely be an appealing option.

Despite James' sketchy injury record — he missed the entirety of Leicester's Premier League title-winning campaign through injury — he proved last season he still has the legs to complete a Championship season.