Could Tamas Priskin departure open the door for Ronan Murray – or Rob Hulse?

TAMAS Priskin could today seal a loan move to divisional rivals Derby County.

The Hungarian striker, who scored two in three games for his country in last week’s international break, is reported to be close to joining the Rams – possibly signalling an end to his troublesome time in Suffolk.

Blues boss Paul Jewell seems to have finally lost patience in the striker, who he surprisingly picked for the first time in this season’s Championship against Doncaster earlier this month.

But after Priskin failed to impress, Jewell seems set to cut his losses on a forward who publicly criticised the Town manager to a Hungarian newspaper and who almost joined Leeds United earlier this season.

Derby boss Nigel Clough is facing a striker crisis ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham with leading scorer Theo Robinson, Steven Davies and Nathan Tyson all injured.

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Clough said he would have scouts at all five Premier Reserve League matches last night, but it could be that Priskin fits the bill.

While Jewell still has first team strikers in abundance, not to mention problems elsewhere in his side, he has also been linked with a move for QPR striker Rob Hulse.

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With loan deals having to be completed by 5pm tomorrow, the burly striker has been made available by the Premier League club and Jewell has continually been linked with the striker he once signed for Derby.

But Town fans will view bringing in another forward less of a priority than shoring up the leaky backline – now the equal worst in the division.

Jewell’s number two, Chris Hutchings, yesterday refused to rule out any more loan deals – the club currently have five – but only if the right player came along.

And with 20-year-old Ronan Murray scoring twice in yesterday’s behind-the-scenes friendly win over West Ham, most supporters would be more than satisfied seeing a youngster given a chance.

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