Chopra set for Town talks?
CARDIFF City’s Michael Chopra is again on the radar of Ipswich Town as Paul Jewell steps up his hunt for a new striker.
The Blues manager admitted yesterday that he was meeting an unnamed transfer target today and reports overnight claims it could be the 27-year-old.
Chopra was regarded as a top target for Town under Roy Keane last season, but chose to stay at Cardiff who last week lost in the Championship play-off semi-final.
The striker has had a stop-start season under Dave Jones, struggling with injuries although still scoring 11 goals in 27 starts.
It has been claimed Jewell will turn his attention to Chopra in a cut-price �1 million deal after refusing to get into a bidding war with Doncaster over Billy Sharp.
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The Town boss had a �2.6 million offer for the striker and team James Coppinger turned down earlier this month.
The club are keeping tight-lipped over today’s meeting, in a bid to keep other potential suitors in the dark, but Jewell is due to meet with the mystery man in Ipswich this morning.
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Speaking at a charity golf day attended by the Ipswich Town boss and other Championship managers, Jewell said yesterday: “We are all trying to do deals and straight after this I am driving down to Ipswich to meet a player in the morning.
“We are all looking for players, probably all looking for the same players, to be honest. It is the summer so when we get off the golf course, there will be 20 missed calls. A manager’s job never stops just because the football stops.”
As the season of speculation and rumour whirrs into overdrive, Ipswich have also been linked with the likes of David Nugent, Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith with a proven striker on the top of the wish-list.
But it is far from the only priority with Jewell wanting four or five new players – something made more pressing by the departures of Gareth McAuley and David Norris.
While shrouded in frustrating, if understandable, mystery, Town fans will be hoping the outcome of today’s meeting proves profitable.