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TRANSFER LATEST: Luke Chambers to have medical at Ipswich Town today

PUBLISHED: 11:50 03 July 2012

Luke Chambers in action against Ipswich in 2010

Luke Chambers in action against Ipswich in 2010

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LUKE Chambers’ move to Ipswich Town is close to completion with the centre back due to undergo a medical later this afternoon.

We understand the 26-year-old is in Suffolk today and will have a medical ahead of his free transfer move to Portman Road.

Chambers officially left Nottingham Forest – where he was captain and a one-time player of the year – at the weekend and despite late interest from Leeds United, Town are expected to complete the formalities on a move for the free agent.

He is set to meet his new team mates for the first time on Thursday for the start of official pre-season training but the deal could be completed as early as tonight – although sources close to the player suggest an unveiling is more likely tomorrow.

Jewell, who has already signed promising teenage right-back Elliott Hewitt from Macclesfield Town, has deliberately kept his cards close to his chest to ward off any rival bids.

But the manager will be delighted to snap up Chambers, having tracked the central defender all summer.

The former Forest and Northampton Town man has more than 400 competitive games under his belt and his signature will be a massive boost for Town fans ahead of what is expected to be an even more competitive Championship next season.

Meanwhile, French-Guinea teenager Cheik Kourouma is staying at Ibrahima Sonko’s house – the released Town defender having recommended him to Jewell – and awaits the call from the Suffolk club to come and complete the formalities surrounding his move.

The 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder, who has most recently been playing for Genoa’s reserve side in Italy, impressed during a trial at Playford Road at the end of last season.

Last night, Blackburn Rovers, who visit Portman Road on the opening day of the season, announced the signing of striker Leon Best from Newcastle United for £3 million.

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is prepared to play a waiting game to sign the right striker before the transfer window shuts.

Summer signing Joe Garner scored his sixth goal of pre-season as Ipswich Town defeated Colchester United, 1-0, in a friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Ipswich Town beat Colchester United 1-0 in a pre-season game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.

Ipswich Town head to local rivals Colchester United tonight, as the Blues’ preparations for the new Championship season step up a notch.

The best young female footballers in the region will be coming to Ipswich Town as the club saw off strong competition from other teams to partner the Football Association and host the FA Women’s U21 East Region Academy.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is confident he will have a striker signed before his side’s Championship opener against Birmingham City, at Portman Road, in just 11 days’ time.

Scorelines may not matter during pre-season, but the manner of performances and the attitudes of players in friendlies, such as tonight’s at Colchester United, do. Chris Brammer looks ahead ​to the game in Essex.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers knows his place in the team is not guaranteed this season.

Ipswich Town lost 2-1 at League One side Gillingham on Saturday. Stuart Watson looks at what we learned from the first set-back of pre-season...

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