Dyer wants to end his career with Ipswich Town

KIERON Dyer yesterday reiterated his desire to finish his career at Ipswich Town.

KIERON Dyer yesterday reiterated his desire to finish his career at Ipswich Town.

But Town’s first major signing of the summer is NOT set to be an attacking midfielder, or a striker – Paul Jewell’s first capture is poised to be a defender.

Town were hoping to unveil a new face yesterday, but talks are still ongoing with a player whom we understand to be ex-Reading defender Ivar Ingimarsson.

Manager Paul Jewell has just two senior centre-halves on his books, both left-sided defenders in the shape of Damien Delaney and Tommy Smith, while both full-back berths are also in need of strengthening.

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However, Town’s first signing is unlikely to be Nyron Nosworthy, who has been linked with a move to Town from Sunderland in recent days.

Town old boy Dyer, a recent convert to the world of Twitter, revealed on this social networking site yesterday that he “would love to finish (his career) at Ipswich.”

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Released by newly-relegated West Ham at the end of last season, after a nightmare run of injuries, Dyer has been linked with a switch to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

But the 32-year-old would much prefer a return to Ipswich, where he began his professional career and also where he made a brief return on loan from the Hammers towards the end of last season.

Dyer was also set to have further talks with his agent yesterday, with regards his future prospects for next season. Jewell is in negotiations with several targets at the moment, but it could well be that only one or two new recruits are captured before the real scramble for players kicks in during July.

While Jewell is hoping to bolster his threadbare defensive department this week, most fans will be just as concerned with who will be the new striker to spearhead Town’s front-line next season.

A couple of the Championship’s hot-shot strikers were lining up new clubs yesterday, in the shape of Watford’s Danny Graham and Millwall’s Steve Morison.

Graham topped the Championship’s goal-scoring charts with 24 goals last term, and he looks sure to be rewarded with a move to new Premier League outfit Swansea City. The Swans’ �3.5million bid for ex-Carlisle man Graham has been accepted, and the Welsh club are now in talks with the player.

Fellow promoted club Norwich City have already completed the signing of fellow striker Morison, who netted 15 goals for the Lions in 2010-11. He has signed a three-year deal for the Canaries, for an undisclosed fee.

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