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As Harry Redknapp prepares to take over at QPR, Mick McCarthy declares: We want DJ Campbell

PUBLISHED: 15:12 23 November 2012

Mick McCarthy has revealed he will be trying to sign DJ Campbell (above) on a permanent basis

Mick McCarthy has revealed he will be trying to sign DJ Campbell (above) on a permanent basis

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MICK McCarthy has made it clear he will be looking to sign top scorer DJ Campbell on a permanent basis when the striker’s loan deal runs out in January.

The striker, who has scored four times in eight games for Ipswich, admitted to this newspaper yesterday that he faced a difficult decision in the New Year.

His next move has been further complicated after Mark Hughes – the QPR manager who left Campbell out of his 25-man Premier League squad and demoted him to training with the reserves – was sacked this morning.

With Harry Redknapp set to take over at Loftus Road, Campbell will be monitoring developments at his parent club, who he grew up supporting, closely.

That leaves McCarthy in a difficult situation as he looks to convince his current main man that his future lies at Portman Road.

But speaking at today’s press conference, McCarthy admitted: “(Would I want) DJ on a permanent basis? Yes, of course.

“He’s a QPR player and I don’t believe in talking about other people’s players. But DJ has said he doesn’t want to come back on loan.

“If that’s the case, I would be interested in him because he has done really well. But it is complicated as whoever takes charge (at QPR) might want to bring him back.”

At the time of writing, Redknapp is the red-hot favourite to take over at the Premier League’s bottom club.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

Ipswich Town U18s 2

Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

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