Ball-winner remains Jim's priority

A SECOND summer signing could follow swiftly as Ipswich Town look to secure a midfielder following Pablo Counago's expected arrival today.Blues boss Jim Magilton has targeted an attack-minded ball-winner to complement his midfield and has a couple of other targets in his sights.

By Derek Davis

A SECOND summer signing could follow swiftly as Ipswich Town look to secure a midfielder following Pablo Counago's expected arrival today.

Blues boss Jim Magilton has targeted an attack-minded ball-winner to complement his midfield and has a couple of other targets in his sights.

Magilton said: “We have other players lined up and hopefully we can get something done over the weekend but if not we will do it as soon as possible.”


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Magilton has made no secret that he intends to exploit the loan market when the time is right and confirmed that he asked about taking exciting Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll on a temporary basis.

He said: “He burst on the scene and played Premiership football at a young age and as San Allardyce has a number of strikers we asked about him and we were politely rebuffed.”

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Less of a priority but still a possibility is adding an experienced keeper to his squad with Neil Alexander one that he Magilton has considered but insists he has faith in Lewis Price and Shane supple who are expected to play a half each in tonight's friendly at Kettering Town.

Town used 21 players at Burton on Tuesday, including the manager, and youngsters such as Michael Synnott, Jordan Rhodes and Sammy Moore, with Ian Miller also looking to break in to the squad and all will be hoping to appear tonight.

Frenchman Sylvain Legwinski will get his first run out in more than three months at Rockingham Road while, Richard Naylor, Gary Roberts and Fabian Wilnis, who all missed Tuesday's night's win are also expected to play, with Magilton dropping himself and insisting he really has retired this time.

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