Blues boss confirms interest in St Ledger

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says he has made a fresh enquiry – but not a bid – for Preston North End defender Sean St Ledger.

Jewell had a �1.5m bid for the 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international centre-back publically rejected by Lilywhites chairman Maurice Lindsay back in January with a fee of �2.5m believed to have been quoted.

However, the Lancashire club have since been relegated to League One and Jewell – who knows former Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club chairman Lindsay well from his time at Wigan Football Club – has gone back to see what the valuation now is.

“I spoke to Maurice Lindsey on Sunday just to make an enquiry about Sean but it’s a long, long way from happening,” said Jewell.

“He’s just one of many players we are looking and I can’t say much more than that.”

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Experienced Icelandic defender Ivar Ingimarsson will join Ipswich on a free transfer at the start of next month, but Jewell still wants another centre-back following the departures of Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Tom Eastman (Colchester) and Troy Brown (rejected contract) this summer.

Ingimarsson will add competition to Damien Delaney and Tommy Smith at centre-back, the latter having spent the end of last season out on loan at League One side Colchester.

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