Armstrong could be reunited with Burley

IN DEMAND Ipswich Town striker Alun Armstrong could link up with former boss George Burley once he has shaken off a slight leg injury, writes Derek Davis.

IN DEMAND Ipswich Town striker Alun Armstrong could link up with former boss George Burley once he has shaken off a slight leg injury, writes Derek Davis.

After missing out on Ashley Ward, who is close to joining Sheffield United after leaving Bradford City, the Derby County manager is keen to bring in a new forward.

He had hoped to sign Armstrong before tomorrow's deadline to play on Saturday but will hold off until Armstrong demonstrates he is fit again.

Burley admitted he is looking for a new striker and said he is also considering a Spanish forward, playing abroad – so not Pablo Counago.


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Town chairman David Sheepshanks last night confirmed County's interest in Armstrong but revealed they face competition from other Division One clubs.

He said: "It is not just Derby who are interested in Alun; there are other clubs who are keen.

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"Alun has a slight strain but has come back this season fit and sharp and I'm sure it will not be long before he has found the right club to go out to."

The EADT reported on Monday how Rotherham, Stoke City and Derby had shown an interest in the former Newcastle United, Stockport County and Middlesbrough striker.

The Potters have since signed Carl Asaba and ended their pursuit, while Rotherham could still be in the hunt, although they will wait until they have sold Alan Lee to either Norwich City or Cardiff City, depending who matches their £1m price tag.

I understand there is now at least one other club in the hunt for the man who scored against Inter Milan, home and away. Armstrong was handed a free transfer at the end of last season after fracturing a wrist in a reserve game. He has clearly worked hard on his fitness and looked sharp when scoring against Boston in a pre-season friendly a week ago.

But his chances of a first-team place have been hampered by the form of Marcus Bent, Darren Bent and Pablo Couango and Dean Bowditch was given the nod ahead of him for a place on the bench against Levski Sofia.

Marcus Bent suffered a back strain after that game and is a slight doubt for Saturday's season opener against Reading.

Chris Makin and Georges Santos have improved after a thigh and calf injury respectively, but teenage centre-back Aidan Collins will miss this weekend's game as he is due to have his tonsils removed today.

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