Hands off Harte

IAN Harte will NOT be coming to Ipswich Town on loan.

Carl Marston

IAN Harte will NOT be coming to Ipswich Town on loan.

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott revealed that his experienced left-back had been the focus of an approach by Town last week, initially a loan move before making the deal permanent in January.

Town manager Roy Keane knows all about Harte. The duo were team-mates in the Republic of Ireland squad, and Keane signed the 32-year-old when he was the Sunderland boss, although he only made eight appearances for the Wearsiders.

Keane has admitted that he wants to improve the balance of his team, by recruiting a natural left-back. David Wright, a right-back specialist, has been playing on the left in recent matches.