max temp: 11°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

UPDATE: Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy plays straight bat to Wolves transfer rumours

16:53 21 December 2012

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake


IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy has played a straight bat when reacting to rumours he is planning a January raid on former club Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Sources have told the Wolves Express and Star that a deal for 27-year-old right-back/centre-back Ronald Zubar is ‘nailed on’, while striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and versatile defender Richard Stearman could also be reunited with their former boss at Portman Road.

“I signed a lot of those players and I’m sure I’ll get linked with a lot of them,” said McCarthy. “I wouldn’t give any credence to any stories though because they’re Wolves players and I wouldn’t like people to talk about any of my players. I’ll always say that.”

McCarthy signed Zubar (£2m), Stearman (£1.6m) and Ebanks-Blake (£1.5m) during his six-year stay at Molineux, but the athletic and powerful trio don’t look to fit into new boss Stale Solbakken’s plan for a patient passing approach.

The Norwegian is expected to try and clear the decks when the January transfer window opens so that he begin moulding his own side, while McCarthy will also try and put his own stamp on the Blues having taken over at the start of November.

Zubar was officially made available for transfer just last week, while it’s understood that Ebanks-Blake is keen on a fresh start and Stearman is desperate for first-team football having found his chances limited this season.

Town have six players set to leave the club at various stages in the New Year in the form of keeper Stephen Henderson, defenders Bradley Orr and Danny Higginbotham, midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, striker DJ Campbell and the versatile Bilel Mohsni.

Zubar’s arrival could mean that loanee Orr will not be kept on beyond January 26 from parent club Blackburn Rovers, while Ebanks-Blake – twice winner of the Championship golden-boot – may be seen as a replacement for QPR loanee Campbell.

Campbell has scored eight goals in 13 games for Town, but Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has said he wishes the front-man – a boyhood supporter of the west London club – was still at Loftus Road as his side battle Premier League relegation.

There is also the fact that Campbell is aged 30, while Ebanks-Blake is still only 27. The latter may be seen as a better longer-term option.

Zubar and Ebanks-Blake are in the final year of their contracts, with their transfer fees likely to be reduced as a result – although Wolves chairman Jez Moxley notoriously drives a hard bargain.

Stearman – a former England Under-21 right-back/centre-back – still has 18 months left on his contract and, at 25 years old, is likely to be the most expensive of the trio.

Town have also been linked with Wolves midfielder Karl Henry and left-back George Elokobi, though the former has just signed a new four-year contract, while the latter has only just recovered from injury.



  • Depressing to think that Mick the Man will be lining up his Ellington and Bullard (and lord knows what else) from the Wolves reject pile.

    Report this comment

    Rob Steroo

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Nearly every player bought is someones 'reject'...so your comment is also classed as a 'reject'

    Report this comment


    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Even more Depressing is the thought that your an ITFC Supporter!!!.Every comment you put about town is negative.Is your life really that sad you need to Troll these forums?.

    Report this comment

    The Gov

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Here we go again. WithIn a few weeks we will have all the Wolves rejects on our books. It's depressing.

    Report this comment


    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Oh my god now town fans can expect a load of Wolves rejects lining up every week. Certainly depressing when we all know Wolves have been struggling big time this season and they can't get in their team.

    Report this comment

    ged scott

    Friday, December 21, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Terry Connor and Mick McCarthy giving out instructions at Charlton on Saturday

Chief football writer Stuart Watson will be on hand from 12pm to discuss all things Ipswich Town, in the wake of the Blues’ 3-0 win at Charlton on Saturday.

Charlton fans protesting during the second minute against Ipswich

It’s days like Saturday that should make Ipswich Town fans thankful for what they’ve got.

Freddie Sears and Brett Pitman celebrate at Charlton

It may have gone largely unnoticed, but prior to Saturday’s 3-0 win at Charlton, Freddie Sears had gone 11 games without a goal.

Daryl Murphy applauds the travelling fans at Charlton

Readers voted striker Daryl Murphy as their man of the match, following his brace at Charlton on Saturday.

Daryl Murphy scores Ipswich's opener at Charlton

All the goals, and a stunning save from Dean Gerken, as Ipswich Town record a comfortable 3-0 victory away at Charlton.

Loan trio make their debuts

Yesterday, 13:03
Luke Hyam made his Rotherham debut yesterday

The trio of Luke Hyam, Josh Emmanuel and James Alabi made their debuts for their loan clubs yesterday.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Bobby Zamora after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the AMEX Stadium: Steve Paston/PA Wire.

Brighton regained top spot in the Sky Bet Championship as Bobby Zamora’s early second-half goal proved the difference against Birmingham at the Amex Stadium.

Naby Sarr and Freddie Sears chase the ball at The Valley

Freddie Sears believes Ipswich Town were always in control as they secured a comfortable 3-0 win away at Charlton this afternoon.

The scene as Daryl Murphy celebrates his second goal at Charlton on Saturday

Chief football writer Stuart Watson gives his view on Ipswich Town’s 3-0 win away at Charlton.

Daryl Murphy scores Ipswich's third at Charlton during the second half. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy said his side’s ruthlessness in both boxes was the key to a 3-0 victory at Charlton this lunchtime.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24