Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna refused to comment on reports that the club are keen on signing Everton striker Ellis Simms.

It's been reported nationally that Town have had a £4m bid for Simms rejected, with a host of Championship clubs said to be vying for the 22-year-old's signature.

"It's not our place to speak about any players that aren't ours," said the Blues boss, speaking after this afternoon's 6-0 friendly win at Felixstowe & Walton United.

"There's lots of specualtion at this time of year - a lot of it incorrect. We certainly won't comment until anything is further down the line."

Town have made one signing since clinching promotion to the Championship, midfielder Jack Taylor arriving in a £1.5m deal from Peterborough United.

Asked if he was keen to strengthen the squad further, McKenna said: "That's the plan. The club are working hard. They know what we want to add in terms of profiles and positions. Of course it takes time. We want to add the right players.

"We want plenty of depth. It's about adding the different qualities that we want. We feel that we can still improve the squad and that's what we're trying to do."

With George Hirst having seen his loan from Leicester City expire and Gassan Ahadme having been loaned to Cambridge United, Town's current striker options are Freddie Ladapo, Kayden Jackson and Joe Pigott, with the latter expected to depart this summer.

Is adding to that position the priority? 

"No, no," said McKenna. "We've got a few different positions and profiles that we're looking for. Of course we had a striker on loan last year who has gone back, so that's an easy position to identify. But we're looking at a few different positions across the pitch."

Rekeem Harper saw his contract terminated by mutual constent this week, McKenna was asked if there are likely to be more departures over the coming weeks. 

"We have to look at what's best for the squad," he said. "Players want to play and we have big numbers with what's happened over the last few years.

"We have to find the right outcome for the players and the club. We want the squad to have good depth, but we also want it to be competitive and for everyone to feel they can get minutes.

"If we don't trim the numbers a little bit then we won't be able to have that, so in reality there will be movement both ways to find what's right for the squad and the individual players."

A trio of League One clubs - Derby, Charlton and Wycombe - are understood to have made loan bids for Idris El Mizouni.

With the French-born midfielder not involved in today's pre-season opener, McKenna said: "Idris is coming off a really good season (at Leyton Orient) and is looking at his options.

"We've communicated with him to say that if the right loan move is available we would like to keep him playing because he's got such good momentum from last year.

"It's now about what the right move is for Idris and the club. He's in communication with a few clubs.

"He's been at the training ground this week training, but his main focus at the moment, rightly so, is about securing what's going to be his right move this summer. Hopefully that will be sorted in the not so distant future."

On this afternoon's 6-0 win at Felixstowe, the Blues boss added: "The priorities are always no injuries, show a good attitude and finish off what's been a really demanding first week back of pre-season. I think we managed to tick all those boxes well. We're happy with what we got out of it.

"We have six weeks to get ready. We've got a lot of work to do physically, tactically and mentally. We've been straight into that work from day one. There's no time to ease yourself in."