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McCarthy ready to spend in the transfer market, but insists he won’t pay over the odds

06:00 14 July 2015

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor, pictured during the pre-season training camp in Ireland. Photo: Gregg Brown

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor, pictured during the pre-season training camp in Ireland. Photo: Gregg Brown

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy plans on further strengthening his squad before the start of the new season, but insists he won’t pay over the odds for players.

The Blues boss has been restricted almost entirely to free transfers, Bosmans and loans during his two-and-a-half years in charge at Portman Road, but it’s understood that – following the recent £8m sale of left-back Tyrone Mings to Bournemouth – owner Marcus Evans has given him the green light to finally spend some significant cash on transfer fees,

It’s understood that a seven-figure bid is in the offing for an attacking midfielder, while contingency plans are in place should in demand striker Daryl Murphy – believed to be valued at £5m – be sold.

Asked whether he is ready to spend some of the Mings money, McCarthy replied: “If I identify the right players, that we need, and we can get them, then yes. We’re not just going ‘we’ve got eight million quid, let’s go and spend it’ though.

“Let me tell you, when you do get a few quid from selling somebody then everybody else doubles their values when you try and buy. We’re not going to get drawn into all of that.”

It must be nice to finally have a bit of latitude when it comes to spending on transfer fees though?

“Yes, but only for the right ones,” he said. “You can go out and spend a few quid and not end up with anyone better than what you’ve already got.

“We won’t be rushing out to spend for the sake of spending, that’s for sure.

“We’re trying to get better players in all the time though. We certainly didn’t get enough goals from midfield and wide areas last season.”

Having started pre-season with a comfortable 6-0 win at Irish second tier side Shelbourne last weekend, Town take on German second tier outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday night. Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick and Christophe Berra will link up with the squad after being given an extended summer break following their end-of-season international exerts.

20 comments

  • Mr Baker, and Steroopid: the point which is being made is that your posts are as endlessly repetitive as they are negative (the repetitive bit explaining how we all know that Steroopid is, these days, going under the nom-de-plume of 'Gorier Bleaker') and therefore very, very tiresome. We are Town fans and, therefore, irrationally optimistic, even though, these days, the club in reality is now a small island off Malaysia in the ownership of shadowy and occasionally invisible aliens.

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    Ken Hairy

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • Cyril. Still jealous of your betters I see. Sad really as they don't even know you exist. Try being happy for once it won't hurt!!!!

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    Craig Warr

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • Spot on Mr D. But please have some sympathy for the mentally ill.

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    Craig Warr

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

  • Mr Diddle, typical of you and your like, you want to be able to say how good things are, but nobody is allowed to speak the truth.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • Looking at the photograph with this article i reckon MM and TC have just read Cyril and Gloria latest comments.

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    Kingfisher

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • It's not that your comments are unfair Cyril, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But we are all tired of hearing the same old anti ITFC propaganda that Gloria (One of Steroopid's many aliases), Stuart Barclay and yourself seem to post at the bottom of each article the EADT posts. Maybe for once you could actually join in with the conversation and contribute something meaningful rather than wasting precious kilobytes of everyone else's bandwidth with the nonsense you all constantly write.

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    MrDiddle

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • When I make an unfair comment you have no argument my friends my comments refer to ME not investing and MM playing hoofball, can you argue with that.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • Perhaps Cyril and Gloria and any other of the doubters ought to sit in a room with MM and tell him their sad stories and I am sure MM could give them a a one word or two word answer to their concerns. Be interesting to watch for sure.

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    Kingfisher

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • Right on mrdiddle, another season of moaning drivel from the unhappy, the sun never shines on me duo

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    saxon

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • I love it that so many people feel the need to consistently post repetitive comments about how badly the club is run. It's obvious to me you all love the club and just have its best interests at heart. Why else would you come on here when we've won a game or sold a £10k player for 1000x the original fee to berate our greedy owner, clueless manager and his gang of freebies, journeymen and misfits?

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    MrDiddle

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • There are 2 problems with the "blind fans" wish list. 1st... Town are a selling club with huge published debts. 2nd. What multi million pound quality player will see his future playing hoof ball. Just the way I see it. Sorry chaps.

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    stuart barclay

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • Gloria Cyril steroo, same ol same ol, just go elsewhere. You do not want to support the team so p*** off.

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    threenewknees

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • I love it when these people want to live in the land of make believe, when every thing around them tells them they are wrong. Yes I will continue to point out FACTS until our owner shares our supporters goals, and does not just want to make money at the expence of the team.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • I'm afraid, MrDiddle, that we have. Cyril and Steroopid are determined on sharing their bleak misery, oh woe.

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    Ken Hairy

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • They're getting jittery now that Middlesborough baulked at Murph's asking price and instead bought elsewhere. Can we unload him or not is the question the nodding dogs are asking MM, have we dropped one by not letting him go. Man they're bricking now. If he goes, can we blag it that we won't pay over the odds for players, err, like ours perhaps. Big big bonus on the line over the next few weeks say the nodding dogs, let's just role out the party line chaps about we won't sell our top players and we won't pay over the odds for other people's. Sounds convincing, what do you think Mick me boy?

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    floridaboy1

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • @MrDiddle...I couldn't agree more, and well done for getting past the censor

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    Captain Slog

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Same old trolls, same old drivel. Have we really got to put up with yet another season of the Gloria and Cyril misery show??

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    MrDiddle

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Trouble is when you are lazy and complacent and wedded to signing old players running out of options from previous clubs, where do you go. Perhaps some Tuvalu international has a persuasive dvd for No Loans' team to have a cursory look at. Perhaps Doyley has given up on any other final pension top up. It's almost too exciting to bear.

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    Gloria Seeker

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Whymarkmariner, you sound a little doubtful that money will be spend, how can you have so litle faith.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • Contingency plans ? Think I heard this with " Weapons of mass destruction " This looks almost nailed on that Murphs will go and it's going to take a hell of a good player to replace him because he scores goals and defends from the front and back. If and only if we can get a decent replacement in I suppose 5 million would be good for a 32 year old and would he score 27 goals in a season again. The defender score their fair share of goals and if McGoldrick along with Sears and the new guy from Bournemouth can score a dozen goals each that just leaves the midfield and it looks like MM's trying to get someone in to address this. Still think we could do with a good goalie and a fullback though.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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