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Marcus Evans doesn’t want to sell David McGoldrick, but a big money bid from Leicester City could see Ipswich Town step aside and let the star striker pursue his Premier League dream

18:04 30 August 2014

Derby v Ipswich: Blues boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Leicester City have made an offer for star striker David McGoldrick and – with typical honesty – admitted a big money offer could see the club stand aside and let him pursue his Premier League dream.

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McGoldrick did not travel to Derby this afternoon, Town coming from behind to draw 1-1 at the iPro Stadium, with the club stating that the 26-year-old had a dead leg ahead of kick-off.

“He did actually have a dead leg, whether anyone believes me or not,” said McCarthy. “And had it been the Cup Final at Wembley on May the whatever I think he’d have probably got through that one.

“Yes they (Leicester) have bid, but I need everybody of a hundred per cent – physically and mentally. Do you know what’s been brilliant? Kevin Bru was different class and Teddy Bishop was outstanding today.

“If one does go, and that won’t be down to me, that will be down to what Leicester are bidding and what (owner) Marcus (Evans) decides is the right amount. And let me tell you, Marcus doesn’t want it to happen. Sometimes it’s unstoppable though.

“Well, it’s not unstoppable because if he wanted to stop it he could, that’s for sure. But I’m always of a mind that you need players that are 100 per cent with you all the time. I have to be honest, I think if David had played today and got injured and there was no chance of it not happening...

“It might have been good for us because we’d be keeping him, but I don’t think he would have forgiven himself and, do you know what, neither would I.”

Asked if he had time to sign a replacement before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline, he replied: “No, but I’m cool with what we’ve got there today. Big Frank (Nouble) came on and people will say ‘why did he play instead of Balint (Bajner)’, but he went on and played wide right. He can do that job, that’s why that happened.”

Has Leicester’s bid distracted McGoldrick? “Of course it has,” said McCarthy. “When a Premier League club comes in for you, it’s near your home, you can go back and live in your own house, it would be more money... that would distract me as well.

“He did have a knock, but like I said if it was a matter of him walking out at Wembley he would have nursed it and got through the game.”

Having sold last season’s Championship left-back of the year, Aaron Cresswell, to West Ham for £3.75m in the summer, how big a blow would it be to also lose the man who top-scored for the club with 16 goals last season?

“It would be a right kick in the balls, I know,” said McCarthy. “I’ll let the market forces and Marcus (Evans) deal with all of that, see if Leicester push it and see what they want to do.”

Has the market been inflated, with Leeds selling Ross McCormack to Fulham for £11m and Brighton selling Leonardo Ulloa to Leicester for £8m?

“Let me tell you, I think he’s better than all of them – I do,” said McCarthy. “Alright, he didn’t get 28 goals (like McCormack), but he missed the last few months of the season and was outstanding for us. That’s the market and people have to pay accordingly or it doesn’t happen.

“Marcus doesn’t want to do it and neither do I. Nobody wants to lose him. I don’t want to lose him physically and I don’t want to lose him emotionally.

“I have to be honest, if it was me in that position I’d be putting my boots on every Saturday with a whole load of resentment and whole load of CBA – can’t be a***d – for a little while. That’s not what I want.

“I know Didz has got a lot of respect for me and the club, but it (resentment) can materialise.”

Does McGoldrick want to leave then?

“I haven’t had that discussion with him. He knows (the offer) is there. If it turns out that it’s the right thing, as it was with Cressy, then maybe it has to happen.

“I give pragmatic and honest reasons. I could sit here and waffle and sit here and lie, but I’m not going to do it because I know the way football works.

“You know the scenario. Big boys throw a big cheque at it and sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”

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24 comments

  • mr evans I think its about you got your finger out and spend sum more money

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    born a tractor boy

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Marcus the faceless one will sell to pay the bills of his debt ridden club.

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    Sherbert

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Sorry but while one man doesn't make a team, if he is the only real striker we have, it is the same thing. If we were on the ball (excuse the pun) we could have had Grabban as a replacement before Norwich snapped him up. I just hope we have a recognised striker lined up as a replacement if McGoldrick does go. If not it's going to be another very long season.

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    John Maynard

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • transfer deadline day... nonexistent at portman road though isn't it

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    john smyth

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Nugent in part exchange? :-)

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    dbr

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • At the risk of sounding like Ged & co, the unworthy thought occurs to me that if David McGoldrick is sold all Mick McCarthy will be given is more money for wages (a variable expense) and not for a good quality replacement(s) OWNED by the club.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Nothing announced yet, perhaps they don't have the Porsche in the red. Oh god, she'll have a sulk on all week!! Keep you head down MM.

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    floridaboy1

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • PS. Berra is looking like a regular scorer at the moment!!

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    Rufus Milo

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • With 8 million surely we can get a half decent striker to partner Murphy? The last thing we want is a striker who could quite possibly get injured again and leave us short up front, I know injuries happen but some seem more susceptible than others. Get the check book out Marcus!

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    Rufus Milo

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Le Chevy Chase; not sure if two years is a 'short term contract'. but you want Doyle here so bad it hurts hey?? and why, simply because you can sit in your squalid bedsit and type out another post full of inane bitter drivel.

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Right again then. Said in a recent comment that I feared McGoldrick would or could have an offer in for him. I think ME would be looking for nearer the 10 million, which if you consider todays silly prices is reasonable. Leicester would probably sign him on a 2 or 3 year contract. Where does this leave Town. Well how many fans with an iota of common sense would say that even with McGoldrick we would struggle to make the play offs and then if the impossible happened and they got promoted ME would have to sign 6 or 7 really decent players to keep Town in the Prem. Can anyone see that happening ? The choice is either we accept what we have and be grateful (Minus McGoldrick , Plus a loan player) or we say enough is enough and desert them. Most including myself, although cheesed off by what we have against what we used to have will probably hang in there with hope rather than belief.

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    whymarkmariner

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • MM is as deluded as ME in thinking that they don't want McGoldrick to go!! Another deposit in the till, no doubt MM will be "divvied up" and the supporters left to talk about what might have been. The dross that us currently being dished up at PR currently wouldn't inspire McGoldrick to stay if he's the intelligent footballer he's made out to be. Stop hood winking the fans who have paid up front to be entertained, as for MM, forget the tough guy, straight talking Yorkshireman he makes out to be, he knows the score and this is probably as near to the Premiership jobs wise he'll get. Why fall out with the hand that feeds him? I really feel for the bulk of ITFC fans and if they can't have the team they would like, at least give them honesty for their money. I certainly won't spend my cash on second rate football with second rate worn out excuses! ME would love ITFC to get promoted with the expectancy of relegation, massive pay days both ends and then he'll probably call in his debt, milk the till and be on his merry way. At the moment ITFC's debt is tax deductable and with the meter running on the the interest he's sitting very pretty. Especially with the interest rate he's charging the club, better than money in the bank!! I expect the moderator won't print all this for fear of "reprisals" from the club. To coin a phrase "the truth hurts"".

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    PHILIIP FAIRBROTHER

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • One man does make a team when he's the only regular goal scorer. By the time the transfer window opens again in the new year towns season could well already be over. If McCarthy thinks the other players we have available are good enough to replace Mcgoldrick then he is deluded. Is it just me or is McCarthy building a squad for league 1 football!!!

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    andyrobs

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • One man does not make a team, get the 8 mill and move on, scouts get out and find another johnny Wark!!

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    Rufus Milo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • John Maynard: Your talking rubbish! get a grip!

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Why not just sell the club Marcus. We have hardly any team already, very little spirit and no ambition. ITFC, my beloved ITFC, you are in danger of going down a very deep pan. If McGoldrick goes, so does any hope of any semblance of success. We are becoming a sad club as dour as our manager and as uncaring as our owner. See you next season Col U.

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    John Maynard

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I think the the first five results just shows what progress has been made over the close season. Nothing perceivable. Losing one, probably two and maybe three if the players that made the backbone of the team is all very depressing. I ask myself, why did I renew my season ticket? MM is very pragmatic but how long can he tolerate having his team building efforts pulled from underneath him? How long can he tolerate only being allowed to bring in freebies and loan players that are not wanted by other clubs. What chance of challenging for promotion. None at all I think!

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    Tim Bartlett

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Didn't I tell you earlier today. Her in doors fancies the new Porsche 4x4, so what's a guy gonna do huh? Oh yer I know, sell that bloke who actually looks like he can play football and tell the garage she'd like it in the red if possible. If MM calls, don't put him through.

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    floridaboy1

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Le Chav from Norwich, hilarious stuff as ever, Julie, no stop it, please

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    Raving the Rod Lobber

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • L e Cheval........its good business sense to rack up losses. Who wants to make a profit and pay taxes !!!

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    stuart barclay

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • As the owner regrets that the player has to leave for a few million profit and the player also does not want to leave for a salary boost; we can console ourselves that we will see him playing at Portman Road next season in a cameo role for his new club.

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    stuart barclay

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • What a load of tosh. The serial underachiever came here after 'keeping his options open' and by running down a short-term contract he is once again keeping those options open. Most sane observers thought he couldn't be persuaded to go before his next huge signing on fee and loyalty bonuses which equate to a lottery win (footballspeak for a 'free') - but if he can, good business. Plus once the money is offshore, Julie can purse Duyley with serious intent. Our very own Doyley Carthorse soap opera.. And here's another forecast - despite selling Cressy, Didzy and KiwiSmithy - Town will still mysteriously rack up a loss this year.

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    L E Cheval

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I don't want McGoldrick to go as he is a fantastic player but if the reported amount offered of £8+ million is correct then this is a good deal potentially for a player we paid nothing for & who's contract is up next year. I say potentially because it would only be a good deal if all of that money was given to Mick McCarthy to spend in the transfer market in January as it is far too late now with the window closing 11pm Monday. On another note, if McCormack is cost £11 million, Ulloa £8 million then how much must Jordan Rhodes be worth now? For me he is still by far the best striker in this league.

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    Stat-Matt

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Good deal for ITFC and David. We move on

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    Wolfnight

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

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