Duo set to sign new deals
RICHARD Naylor and Jim Magilton are both set to sign new deals with Ipswich Town today, writes Derek Davis.But Coca-Cola Championship rivals Queens' Park Rangers are hoping to lure defender Chris Makin away from the Blues.
RICHARD Naylor and Jim Magilton are both set to sign new deals with Ipswich Town today, writes Derek Davis.
But Coca-Cola Championship rivals Queens' Park Rangers are hoping to lure defender Chris Makin away from the Blues.
Blues boss Joe Royle held talks with skipper Magilton and Town's longest-serving player, Naylor, yesterday in between the squad's first double training session of the week and all went well.
Makin is due to hold talks with the Town boss today after having a change of heart about signing the two-month deal which was on offer.
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Newly-promoted QPR are keen to tempt the Manchester-born defender away while I understand Derby County boss George Burley is monitoring the situation closely too.
Wigan ended their interest when they completed the £500,000 transfer of David Wright from Crewe last night.
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Fabian Wilnis has already agreed a new offer, while young keeper Lewis Price signed his contract last month and it now seems certain Magilton and Naylor will follow suit.
Royle said: "I'm 99 per cent confident they will both sign unless they have had a complete change of heart since speaking to them."
Royle reiterated his desire to bring in a couple of new players once the situation with current signings is clear.
Midfield will be a priority and former Colchester United, Charlton and Aston Villa ball-winner and playmaker Mark Kinsella is one under consideration.
Out of contract Stoke City winger Kris Commons' name has been bandied about but he is close to signing for Nottingham Forest and at just 20 years old a fee set by a tribunal would be required, and Town are not in the market to pay out.
The Town players returned for pre-season training yesterday morning and, as expected, Canadian skipper Jason De Vos, said his hellos and was then given the rest of the week off.
The central defender led his country to two 4-0 wins over Belize in a World Cup qualifying round during June and needs some rest before the friendlies start at Peterborough on Saturday July 10.
Two players didn't appear, with Martijn Reuser expected to sign for Dutch Eredivisie side Willem II this week and Jermaine Wright close to agreeing a move, with Portsmouth, Everton and Leeds United among his suitors.
John McGreal turned up to collect his boots and say his farewells before returning to Burnley, where he will ply his trade for the next three years.
Royle denied he was interested in signing French defender Youl Mawene, who was Derby County's player of the year last season.
Mawene's agent last night said: "Ipswich have been in touch about Youl, asking for details, but we have not heard anything further.
"I understand there are a few things going on at Ipswich and something may develop later but we have not had anything more concrete.
"If we were to hear further then that would be of interest to us. Ipswich are a club Youl would definitely consider. It is a well-run club with good management and good players. But at the moment only time will tell."
Royle last night said: "He is not someone we are interested in signing."
More than 16,500 season tickets have been sold for next season with the Championship campaign getting underway at home to Gillingham on Saturday, August 7.
Crystal Palace, on Saturday, July 24 and Newcastle United four days later provide home opposition in pre-season friendlies, following a week-long trip to Denmark.