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Mick McCarthy delighted to sign strike duo David McGoldrick and Aaron McLean

15:00 04 January 2013

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IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is delighted to have added strike duo David McGoldrick and Aaron McLean to his squad on loan.

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The pair have today completed season-long loan switches from Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Hull respectively, with McGoldrick’s move with view to a permanent switch in the summer.

McGoldrick struggled to find the net regularly at the City ground following a £1m switch from Southampton, but netted 17 goals in 22 league games on loan at League One side Coventry City in the first half of the campaign.

McLean has slipped down the pecking order at the second-placed Tigers. The former non-league front man – who joined Hull for £1.3m from Peterborough – has only netted nine times in 76 appearances at his current employers, but his work-rate and high pressing will fit in well with McCarthy’s style of play and provide an alternative option to Michael Chopra, Daryl Murphy and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

“David (McGoldrick) has dropped down a level to play for Coventry on loan over the first half of the season and did really well,” said McCarthy, speaking to the official club website.

“He was the leading scorer in League One with 16 goals so we are signing a player on top of his form.

“He’s a good player who we have been watching and it’s a deal that we are looking to lead to a permanent one.”

He added: “Aaron is also a good addition to the squad. I tried to sign him for Wolves a long time ago so I know about his qualities.

“He will bring pace, power and athleticism to the side and I’m delighted that we have managed to get hold of them both.”

McGoldrick – who trained with his new team mates for the first time this morning – said: “It feels great to be an Ipswich Town player and everyone knows it’s a big club.

“The chance to come and play for a club of Ipswich’s size – and under a manager like Mick McCarthy – was something that I just couldn’t turn down. I’m delighted to be here.

“I’m glad that the deal is finally done and I’m looking forward to getting to know the lads and getting my Ipswich career started.”

He added: “I’d known about Mick’s interest for a while, but then I went back to Forest from my loan spell at Coventry and I thought I would be staying there.

“Then I got a call to come down to Ipswich and the next day I had signed, passed my medical and was training with the boys. It’s been a crazy 24 hours but I’m just happy that it’s all done now.”

McGoldrick has been handed the No.16 shirt and McLean No.25. Ipswich completed the moves close to today’s 12pm deadline and are now waiting to see if the pair were registered in time to play in tomorrow’s FA Cup third round match at Aston Villa.

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9 comments

  • Good quality additions can be hard to come by in the winter window and prices get overinflated. It seems likely any dealfor DJ might be away off in the mean time we need cover. I personnaly don't understand this ontiued clammer for scotland to play, he has never really set town alight and is knocking on. As for Kinsorbo after Higgingbottom left so quickly weneeded cover at cb at leaxt until a more suitable replacement can be foud. If not and he performs i'm sure the deal can be extended. The real rebuilding work begins in the summer with players out of contract and the usual merry go round ensues. In the mean time 3 usefull aditions one of which is a bang in form and could prove to be a great addition. Would love DJ to sign too

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Pleased that already we've made 3 times more signings than we did this time last year. Slightly concerned that yet again we're resorting to loan signings (despite only a em ago Mick saying he wouldn't). But I have far more faith in him than the last two managers.

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    TBC

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Good signings. And those of you commenting on loan signings, just remember prices for players in the January transfer window are usually way to high for average players, so why not try them and then buy them later IF they'er any good?

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    Millsey

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Please tell me someone, do mccarthy realise there actually are players out there to sign who are not either over 30 or very near it??? Towns side languishing near the foot of the table but still is being filled with oap over the hill players like these 2 latest signings.

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    ged scott

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Just shows that McCarthy isnt waiting for DJ and is moving quickly. Great signings with lots to prove.

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    Sam Clements

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • So Mick the no loans man is already up to FIVE loans (and counting). when is somebody at the EADT going to have the journalistic spine to point out the absurdity, let alone the dubious morality of having virtually the entire squad, let alone the entire team being financed by other clubs

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Interesting signings that create competition up front - and at least they are until the end of the season. I see that DJ is in the ream for QPR tomorrow, so it may be sometime before Rednapp makes up his mind with regard to the player. Would like to have seen Kisnorbi signed for longer than a month. Good to see some speed up of negotiations - is Mr Clegg on holiday?

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    Mike Wyatt

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • The worrying thing is these signings can only mean one of 2 things - either a) they are rubbish players & their teams are glad to get rid or b) they are OK players but Hull & Forest think we're rubbish & not threat to their promotion ambitions ???? Having said this I think McGoldrick is worth a gamble if a deal is potentially in place to have first refusal on signing him if he is a success. As regards Mclean he seems a very similar player to Scotland - who we are already paying wages to & has had no chance to prove he could do the same job.?????

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Both look interesting, nice to see some pressure being put on "non firing Chopra" Good cover for him as well just in case he leaves the scene in a hurry shortly!!

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    floridaboy1

    Friday, January 4, 2013

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