Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes believes 'there's a deal to be done' to sign recent Ipswich Town loanee Corrie Ndaba on a permanent basis.

The 24-year-old defender impressed for the Scottish Premier League side last season and is now heading into the final year of is contract at Portman Road.

"We would like Corrie, I said that to him at the end of the season," said McInnes, whose side finished fourth in the SPL to put themselves into the qualifying rounds for next season's Europa League.

"I've spoken to him a few times throughout the summer, I spoke to him again last week. He's probably got to get himself sorted out at Ipswich but we feel there's a deal to be done.

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"We'll wait and see but we've got to be mindful we're a couple of defenders short. We'd like to try and make a couple of signings if we can.

"We've got a very important game (against Club Brugge on July 25) and a very important season coming up so if we have to move on we will. We would like Corrie but ultimately Corrie might have other options."

Born in Dublin, Ndaba came through the youth ranks at Ipswich but was never quite able to fully break into the first team squad.

His five appearances for the Blues have all come in cup competitions, with previous loan spells having come at Hemel Hempstead, Chelmsford, Ayr, Salford, Burton and Fleetwood.