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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong joins Charlton as Mick McCarthy waits on Leicester City’s Richie Wellens

PUBLISHED: 12:42 19 November 2012

Richie Wellens

Richie Wellens

Copyright Ashley Pickering

MICK McCarthy will this week step up his efforts to re-sign Richie Wellens on loan from Leicester City.

With Peterborough striker Tyrone Barnett close to putting pen to paper on a short-term deal, McCarthy hasn’t given up hope of adding another midfielder to this ranks.

Restricted to the loan market, or free transfers, Wellens remains McCarthy’s top target and provisional discussions have begun between the Blues boss and Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.

Pearson, who sent his assistant manager Craig Shakespeare to face the press after the Foxes 6-0 rout of Ipswich on Saturday, admitted before the match that he would like to keep Wellens following his one-month loan spell at Portman Road.

But the midfielder was surprisingly left out of City’s 18-man squad at the weekend and he last week told this newspaper that he would have no hesitation in returning to Ipswich – if he couldn’t break into the promotion-chasers side.

If unsuccessful with his renewed bid, McCarthy also admitted he would look to bring in a replacement for Wellens.

But it won’t be Emmanuel Frimpong, the Arsenal midfielder who he hugely admires following a brief loan spell together at Wolves.

Frimpong, 20, today joined Charlton until January and could well face McCarthy’s men when the two sides clash at the Valley on Boxing Day.

Wolves were also interested in the youngster and admitted they will go back in for him in the New Year.

It will be interesting to see if McCarthy opts for a similar strategy after Christmas.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

Joe Garner netted an 82nd equaliser as Town draw 1-1 with Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

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