Chase hotting up for Chopra’s signature

IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane’s continued interest in striker Michael Chopra could be scuppered with Leeds United coming in for the Cardiff City star.

One other club is also believed to be seriously targeting the proven goalscorer who played under Keane at Sunderland in the Premier League.

Town manager Keane has said that he may go to club owner Marcus Evans for extra financial assistance over his quest to bring in keeper Marton Fulop.

And if he can lessen his wage bill with the sale of Owen Garvan, Jon Stead and Alex Bruce, with the say-so of Evans he could up his interest in Chopra – the man he sees providing the goals along with Connor Wickham and Tamas Priskin to compete for promotion from the Championship.

While Keane is pursuing a striker and goalkeeper he could also target a midfielder as well.

But he has confirmed that he is not looking to bring in a right back before the start of the season.

Following the departure of David Wright and the likely transfer of Bruce to Leeds, Keane is left with few options to play on the right side at the back.

Most Read

But he says that it is not an issue as he steps up his search for new players.

“Things change not by the day, but by the hour,” said Keane.

“But right back is not an issue for me as we’ve got Jaime Peters and Jack Ainsley and I’m happy with them.

“We needed a left back, and we have one now in Mark Kennedy.”

Carlos Edwards can also play at right back with Keane revealing where his attentions are currently being centred.

He went on: “We’re looking at a goalkeeper, and it depends what happens with Owen Garvan over the next few days whether we need another midfielder.

“And we’ve always said we are looking at a striker, particularly if Jon Stead goes and with Kevin Lisbie going to Millwall on loan.”

Marton Fulop is the number one target as keeper, but who the midfielder might be is open for question.

Keane’s search is expected to centre around a Championship club who financially may be in a position where they will listen to offers.

Town’s new coach Gary Ablett was missing from the games this week at Leiston and Bury Town, with the man who joined the staff at the beginning of pre-season having gone down with a virus. He should be back in the dug-out for tomorrow’s home game against Premier League West Ham.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter