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Town in advanced talks with giant Czech keeper Holy

PUBLISHED: 12:21 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:27 19 May 2019

Ipswich Town are close to signing goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham. Picture: PA

Ipswich Town are close to signing goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham. Picture: PA

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Ipswich Town are in advanced talks with giant Czech goalkeeper Tomas Holy, we understand.

Ipswich Town are close to signing goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham. Picture: PAIpswich Town are close to signing goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham. Picture: PA

Holy, who is 6ft 9in, is out of contract at Gillingham and available on a free transfer.

There has been significant progress regarding the deal in recent days but it is not yet complete, with Holy now understand to be considering his options. There is a possibility it could be announced next week.

The Blues will be in the market for at least one goalkeeper this summer, with Dean Gerken likely to move on once the club's retained list is announced on Monday and early interest from three Championship clubs in Bartosz Bialkowski.

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Ipswich Town are close to signing goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham. Picture: PAIpswich Town are close to signing goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham. Picture: PA

Holy, 27, played 52 games during an impressive season with Gillingham, having previously played for Czech giants Sparta Prague.

He's represented his country up to Under 18 level.

Speaking in March, Holy admitted he would be open to a fresh start at a club able to offer him a bigger contract.

"At the moment, I don't know what will happen in the summer," he said in an interview with Kent Messenger.

"But I am not running away from this club. I am not going to finish the season and just go away, not at all, but if I have a chance of playing higher level I would love to go and try. I hope that people will understand that.

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"Football life is not too long, I can't play until I'm 60-70. When I was 20-21 I was playing for fun still but as time goes by you recognise that you need to earn some money and football is my job. I am 27 and I have to think about my future.

"It doesn't mean it is only about money but I would love to play higher if I can.

"I will never forget what this club has done for me.

"I will always remember Gillingham as that club that gave me the chance to play in England and I will never forget the fans singing my name."

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