All quiet on the transfer front for Town

IT'S all quiet on the transfer front for Ipswich but the hive of activity elsewhere could pave the way for Jim Magilton to finally land one of his three targets.

Derek Davis

IT'S all quiet on the transfer front for Ipswich but the hive of activity elsewhere could pave the way for Jim Magilton to finally land one of his three targets.

Number one choice David Norris has been unsettled by all the transfer talk, with Leicester City and Town rivals Norwich City also keen to acquire his services.

Plymouth appear to be getting in a replacement with a £200,000 bid accepted by Aberdeen for Chris Clark and have made an offer to Sheffield Wednesday for Yoann Folly and Glenn Whelan.

Argyle are hanging out for £2m for Norris, largely because they have to give Bolton half of whatever they receive. Town are staying patient and even if a bid is accepted will need to convince Norris, who was born and brought up in the Peterborough area, to join them rather than Norwich or link up with his old boss Ian Holloway at Leicester.

Norwich are reported to be after midfielder Chris Armstrong at Sheffield United and Paul Parry, the Cardiff winger that Ipswich have asked about.

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The Canaries are also on the brink of signing Bulgarian Valentin Iliev according to his agent. His capture may end their pursuit of Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor, who has also made it clear he doesn't want to move to London which rules out a switch to QPR.

Taylor has been linked with Town but suggestions that they have made a bid for the £1m rated defender appear wide of the mark.

Luton's Chris Coyne has not made his mind up to leave Luton with Colchester United and Ipswich among clubs said to have shown an interest.

Hibernian's Rob Jones remains a strong contender although the SPL club have insisted they have not had a bid for the ex Grimsby player who has always made it clear he wants to return to the English league.

Stoke City, Town's opponents on Saturday, hope to secure Andy Griffin from Derby County and complete the £1m signing of on-loan Ryan Shawcross from Manchester United.

City have injury concerns over Rory Delap, while fellow midfielder Peter Sweeney is due to complete his move to Leeds United today.

The Potters former defender John Halls, who Town tried to get on loan, has moved from Reading to Crystal Palace, while Charlton have been linked with a move for former Royals and Colchester United defender Greg Halford, who is now at Sunderland.

With another three weeks of the transfer window still to run there is time for plenty more activity yet.