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Red-hot DJ Campbell will return to QPR – but Ipswich Town are still hopeful of signing him permanently

15:19 31 December 2012

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RED-HOT Ipswich Town loanee DJ Campbell will return to parent club Queens park rangers following tomorrow’s visit of Brighton – but Blues boss Mick McCarthy is still hopeful that the striker can be secured on a permanent deal during the Jnauary transfer window.

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The 31-year-old has scored 10 goals in 16 games to help propel Town up the Championship table and has previously said that he would welcome a permanent move away from his parent club at the start of the New Year.

Despite growing up as a supporter at Loftus Road, the Londoner’s dream move to the Hoops turned sour when – following a string of injuries – manager mark Hughes made him train with the reserves and didn’t hand him a place in his 25-man squad for the first half of the campaign.

Harry Redknapp has since taken over at QPR though and decided to recall Campbell at the end of his loan spell (December 5) to supplement his severely injury-hot front line.

“I spoke to Harry this morning,” said McCarthy. “He will go back, this (Brighton at home tomorrow) will be his last game because, whether or not we’d have permission to play him in the FA Cup (at Aston Villa on Saturday) I wasn’t going to play him anyway.

“He’ll go back and we’ll see what happens after that. I think Harry, in his position, will justifiably want to have a look at him. It was always the case that he was going to go back.

“We are trying to do a deal to keep him and hopefully we can. Fingers crossed, we’ll see.”

He continued; “We’re speaking to his agent, I’ve spoken to DJ and we’ve offered him permanent deal effectively. There’s a permanent deal there for him if that’s what he wants to do.

“I haven’t spoken about terms, that’s down to Marcus (Evans) and Simon (Clegg) to do that. I will advise and prompt and probe and suggest we do things, but to what level is down to them. I think we are capable of getting a deal with him though, I hope so anyway.

“DJ wants to stay. I guess he wouldn’t want to be playing for QPR because he’s not been playing and the way things were for him there. I’ve never asked him that question, but maybe if he went back and Harry stuck him in the team and he played well then he’d want to stay there. Why wouldn’t he, playing in the Premier League?

“He loves it here though and I think he’d be happy to stay provided we can do a deal with his agent and QPR. There’s a lot there to be dealt with.

“I’m conscious that we can’t leave things too late in the window. I am actively looking and speaking to people about other players.”

– For all the latest Blues news, see tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star.

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4 comments

  • Well TBA, lets hope this time it is sorted for once, he will be sorely missed in performance and by the fans.

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    Kuqi-Haynes

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • The harsh reality is that Clegg will be getting involved and I am afraid that means only one thing and that is all the good work done by McCarthy to date goes straight out of the window. Such a shame that having got rid of Jewell we are still lumbered with Clegg.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • I hate to be the sceptic but I really don't have any faith in Clegg and Evans to sign him permanently, or indeed allow sufficient funds to replace him.

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    TBC

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Let's hope he plumps for ITFC, with QPR in the position they are he won't see a lot of Premiership Football anyway. However I fear the tight fisted duo will not pay what a striker who scores as often as he does would be worth, they have no football sense. But fingers crossed. I am sure Jason will admirably hold the fort meanwhile.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, December 31, 2012

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