Duffy would welcome Ipswich switch

TEENAGE Everton centre-back Shane Duffy has said he would welcome a loan move to Ipswich Town.

The 19-year-old Northern Irishman was on loan at Burnley last season and played in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Ipswich at Turf Moor in April.

Yesterday, writing on an account believed to genuinely be his on social networking site Twitter, the 6ft 3in defender said: “Hopefully a loan move will be sorted out soon for some first team experience!”

And after an Ipswich fan asked him if the Blues had shown an interest, he responded: “havent heard anything yet mate. Wud be a great move if it happened”

Town boss Paul Jewell is keen to strengthen his central-defensive ranks ahead of Saturday’s Championship opener at Bristol City. He currently has just three senior players in that position in Damien Delaney, Tommy Smith and Ivar Ingimarsson.

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Of those three only the latter is right-footed, so Duffy – who operates on that side of defence – would help add some balance to the side.

Meanwhile, Ipswich have been linked with a move for Slovenian U21 international right-sided defender Alja� Struna. The right-sided centre-back, who can also play at right-back, currently plays for Slovenian side FC Koper where he plays alongside ex-Town defender Amir Karic.

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