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Aston Villa eyeing Ipswich defender Knudsen as potential Bryan alternative

PUBLISHED: 17:11 07 August 2018

Jonas Knudsen is interesting Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Jonas Knudsen is interesting Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Aston Villa have shown an interest in Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen, we understand.

Jonas Knudsen rises above Dominic Samuel to head the ball.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJonas Knudsen rises above Dominic Samuel to head the ball. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The Dane, who is entering the final year of his contract at Portman Road, started the opening-day draw with Blackburn having spent the summer at the World Cup with his country.

He has previously been linked with moves to Stoke City and Middlesbrough, but we understand Steve Bruce’s Villa are also keen on the 25-year-old.

Both Middlesbrough and Villa have had bids accepted for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, with both clubs thought to be eyeing Knudsen as a potential option if they are not able to land the Englishman.

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It is understood no bids have been received for Knudsen this summer, with neither Villa or Middlesbrough’s interest yet to progress as far as a formal approach.

We understand a number of clubs, both in England and abroad, have made enquiries regarding the Ipswich defender this summer.

Speaking prior to the start of the season, Hurst insisted there had been no form offers for either Knudsen or Joe Garner, who is interesting Bolton, Sheffield United and Millwall.

“No, there’s certainly nothing concrete in any of those two to my knowledge,” said Hurst. “I certainly expect Jonas to be part of the matchday squad at the weekend.

Jonas Knudsen is now in the final year of his Ipswich Town contract. Photo: PagepixJonas Knudsen is now in the final year of his Ipswich Town contract. Photo: Pagepix

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“We’ll look at each situation on its own merits. If someone comes in and offers £10million for any of our players then I think we’d have some serious dialogue and chances are they might be on their way. But it all depends at what level.”

Meanwhile, Martyn Waghorn’s move to Derby and the arrival of Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala from Shrewsbury are all nearing a conclusion.

Waghorn has been at Pride Park today to put the finishing touches to his medical, while the Shrewsbury duo have both completed that process at Ipswich.

Once all loose ends have been tied up, the deals are expected to be announced.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

ANDY WARREN takes a look at the changes made by Paul Lambert since his appointment as Ipswich Town manager.

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