Bruce bound for the Blades

Alex Bruce has agreed terms with Sheffield United and his move to Bramall Lane is expected to be completed by the middle of the week.

The fee is believed to be �200,000 and there are still a couple of formalities to be completed before the deal is done.

Bruce was believed to be waiting last night to see whether he would be training with his new team-mates today or returning back to Playford Road while the deal went through.

Having lost the captaincy last season, being loaned out to Leicester City and then losing his No. 5 squad shirt, Bruce’s move from Portman Road is no great surprise.

He was one of the eight players circulated by Town manager Roy Keane as available for transfer last month.

Bristol City are one of two Championship clubs showing an interest in striker Jon Stead – another on Keane’s list.

They are believed to have put in a bid of around �200,000, but Ipswich are likely to want more.

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Having become a father in the summer and being settled in the Suffolk countryside, Stead might have to think long and hard about agreeing to move on.

Tamas Priskin is not one of the eight on Keane’s ’unwanted’ list, but Swansea are showing interest in the striker.

The offer – unconfirmed – of �400,000 is one that Ipswich might well take seriously.

On the face of things it is a big step down from the �1.7million they paid Watford for the Hungarian international 10 months ago.

But on the form he showed over last season it is a fair one.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers was in charge at Watford and knows the striker, who is best mates with keeper Marton Fulop, a fellow Hungarian who is set to join Ipswich from Sunderland.