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Ipswich set to complete £750,000 signing of Bristol Rovers striker Harrison

PUBLISHED: 17:58 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 20:58 23 July 2018

Ellis Harrison scored 14 goals for Bristol Rovers last season. Picture: PA

Ellis Harrison scored 14 goals for Bristol Rovers last season. Picture: PA

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Ipswich Town have agreed a fee of £750,000 for Bristol Rovers striker Ellis Harrison.

There is still work to be done if the Blues are to secure the services of the 24-year-old Welshman, with a medical taking place today, but the deal is close to completion.

The initial fee is believed to be £750,000, with potential that the deal could reach more than £1million if a number of clauses are activated. These are likely to be linked to appearances, goals and Ipswich gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Ipswich appear to have beaten off competition from Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn for the forward, with Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke admitting over the weekend that his striker was set to move to the Championship.

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Rovers later confirmed a bid had been accepted from an ‘unnamed’ Championship club with a statement on their website: “Bristol Rovers have agreed an undisclosed fee with an unnamed club for the sale of striker Ellis Harrison,” the statement read.

“Ellis will therefore be given permission to discuss personal terms and will not travel with the squad to Holland for this week’s training camp. The club will be making no further comment at this time.”

Harrison graduated from the Rovers youth system and has made a total of 116 starts and 88 substitute appearances, yielding 49 goals, with 14 of those coming last season.

When the deal is completed then Harrison will become manager Paul Hurst’s fourth summer signing following the acquisition of wingers Gwion Edwards and Jordan Roberts, as well as Chelsea teenager Trevoh Chalobah.

Harrison will join a group of senior Ipswich strikers currently consisting of Martyn Waghorn, Joe Garner and Freddie Sears, following the departure of David McGoldrick last summer.

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Waghorn has been the subject of firm transfer interest this summer, with Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder insisting over the weekend that his side have not withdrawn a bid of £5million lodged earlier this summer.

Contrary to Wilder’s claims of a new bid over the weekend, it’s understood the Blues have not received a second offer for the striker.

Wilder last week claimed an Ipswich asking price of between £8m-£10m was beyond his club.


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