DEAL MOVES CLOSER: Bristol City’s Paul Anderson set for Ipswich Town swap with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Ipswich Town are close to signing Bristol City winger Paul Anderson, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas heading in the opposite direction.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Credit: Andy Abbott

We revealed on Friday that a deal was close to being completed and the two parties are now at an advanced stage in negotiations.

Anderson, 24, scored three goals in 30 games for the Robins last season and set up Jon Stead’s winner against the Blues in January.

Leicestershire-born Anderson, who can play on either flank, joined the West Country club last summer from Nottingham Forest, but could not stop Sean O’Driscoll’s men from being relegated to League One at the end of the season.

The former England Under-19 international began his career as a trainee at Hull City before joining Liverpool in 2006 for a six-figure fee, in a deal that saw John Welsh head in the opposite direction.

During his time at Anfield, Anderson enjoyed successful loan spells at Swansea and Forest, who eventually paid the Reds £250,000 for his services in 2009.

He made a total of 118 appearances for the Nottingham club, scoring eight goals and is contracted at Bristol City until next summer.

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As for transfer-listed Emmanuel-Thomas, who has a year left on his Portman Road deal, the 22-year-old played under O’Driscoll during a loan spell at Doncaster in 2010 and has scored nine goals in 75 appearances for the Blues.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy has already signed Anderson’s former Ashton Gate team-mate Cole Skuse, as well as bringing back David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy and Jay Tabb on permanent deals as he plots a promotion push next season.