Clegg targets two more transfers

IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg has confirmed the club is aiming to land two more signings before their Championship opener at Bristol City on Saturday.

One of those players is believed to be defensive midfielder Keith Andrews on loan from Premier league club Blackburn Rovers, while the other is likely to be a centre-back – a position manager Paul Jewell has constantly reiterated he is keen to strengthen.

Clegg said: “We’ve got a couple of targets in mind. I don’t want to box myself into a corner, but the season starts on Saturday so we’re focused on trying to ensure any deals that are to be done are done before the start of the season.”

The chief executive, who has already played his part in Ipswich making seven signings this summer, says that once transfer business is done and dusted he will look at handing out contract extensions.

The Blues lost key players Gaerth McAuley and David Norris on Bosman frees this summer and will be keen to avoid a repeat, with a large number of the squad entering the final years of their deals.

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“The focus at the moment is bringing in the new players that the manager wants,” said Clegg.

“We’ve done a lot of business already, seven new signings this summer, some good signings as well, very positive signings and I think people are very upbeat, whether it’s Michael Chopra at the front or David Stockdale at the back coming in on loan. I’m very positive in terms of what we can do this season.

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“Once we’ve effectively closed the book in terms of the majority of what we’re trying to do over this transfer window, then we’ll sit down and look very seriously in terms of people who are coming to the end of their contracts.”

– For all the latest Ipswich Town news, see tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star.

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