Blues go shopping for keepers

IPSWICH Town have compiled three shopping lists of goalkeepers to ensure they are ready to replace David Stockdale at a moment’s notice.

Paul Jewell and his staff are leaving no stone unturned, both for the short-term, if Fulham recall Stockdale this season, and in their search for a long-term number one.

This has seen an exhaustive list of potential targets drawn up inside the corridors of Portman Road and led by goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster.

Webster, who has now been given a season-long contract at the club where he originally spent 10 years, explained: “We have already formed a list of potential targets which we are adding to and taking away. We have two other lists – one for possible replacements if David Stockdale has to go back and one for free transfers.

“The difficulty with young goalkeepers, if they are currently playing, is do you want to bring them to your club at the moment and then not play them?

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“Playing games is such an important part of their development. It is a very delicate one. We are travelling round the country and watching them in games to ensure we get the right one.”

The Town boss has admitted he would like to bring in a younger keeper with Stockdale returning to Fulham at the end of this season, if not before.

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Arron Lee-Barrett is an option, with Webster believing the current number two could step into Stockdale’s shoes immediately, but Jewell wants three keepers to add to competition.

Town’s play-off hero Richard Wright has been training with his old club, but the longer it goes on, the more likely the 33-year-old will end up at another club.

Another option is young West Ham keeper Marek Stech is currently on trial with the Czech Republic Under-21 international currently on trial with the Blues.

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