Fulop to be unveiled today

HUNGARIAN keeper Marton Fulop will be unveiled as Ipswich Town’s third summer signing this morning.

Town had already agreed a fee with Sunderland, believed to be in the region of �750,000 to �1m, for their experienced keeper.

Fulop has already passed a medical, and agreed personal terms, so the 27-year-old should be in the squad for Town’s opening day trip to Middlesbrough.

He therefore follows in the foosteps of young midfielder Conor Hourihane, recruited from Sunderland last month, and also left-back Mark Kennedy, who was signed from Cardiff City last week.

And manager Roy Keane has not given up hope of the Portman Road club splashing out the cash to snap up hot-shot Michael Chopra from Cardiff. Chopra has been linked with Town all summer, although as yet they have been unable to meet Cardiff’s valuation for the proven goalscorer.

In fact, it could be a busy last few days, before the season proper begins, in terms of departures as well as new arrivals.

Owen Garvan had his medical at Crystal Palace yesterday, and the 22-year-old midfielder is expected to complete his move to Selhurst Park this morning for a fee in the region of �250,000.

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Bristol City boss Steve Coppell is also believed to have made an enquiry about Town centre-half Gareth McAuley, while Stoke City manager Tony Pulis could resurrect his interest in Town skipper Jon Walters.

Those potential two moves seem unlikely at the moment, unless offers come in that are too good to resist, especially as Damien Delaney’s long-term thigh injury already leaves Keane’s defensive options very limited. Ambitious Bristol City also completed the signing of centre-half Damion Stewart from QPR last week.

And Connor Wickham’s ankle injury, sustained in training last week, has also lessened Keane’s strike-force alternatives.

Tamas Priskin, who is in Hungary’s squad to play against England in a friendly at Wembley next week, looks set to spearhead the front-line at the Riverside on Saturday.

Fellow strikers Pablo Counago and Jon Stead remain on the transfer list.

Imminent new signing Fulop, like Priskin, is in Hungary’s squad for the England match, so both players will be unavailable for next Tuesday evening’s Carling Cup first round tie at Exeter City.

It will be interesting to see whether Keane opts to start with Fulop, or current No. 1 Brian Murphy, in goal against ‘Boro.

Budapest-born Fulop, who originally move to England in 2004 to join Tottenham, was bought by the Black Cats for �500,000 towards the end of 2006.

But he fell out of favour with boss Steve Bruce last season, and was farmed out on loan to Manchester City.

Even though fellow keeper Craig Gordon is currently sidelined with a broken arm, Bruce has been prepared to let Fulop leave the Stadium of Light.

Fulop will be at Portman Road today, although he is unlikely to feature against a Tottenham XI in tonight’s final pre-season friendly.

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