Haynes attracts Premier clubs' interest

JIM Magilton has no problems about the Premiership clubs chasing Danny Haynes, because it shows how well the striker is doing.Portsmouth, Everton, West Ham, Birmingham and Wigan, are among a host of clubs who have been keeping a close eye on Haynes.

Derek Davis

JIM Magilton has no problems about the Premiership clubs chasing Danny Haynes, because it shows how well the striker is doing.

Portsmouth, Everton, West Ham, Birmingham and Wigan, are among a host of clubs who have been keeping a close eye on Haynes.

Pompey and the Hammers are understood to leading the chase for Haynes and have made discreet enquiries about his possible availability in the summer.

Ipswich are in the luxurious position of not having to sell, no matter what division they are in unless owner Marcus Evans insists on it, and a suggested valuation of around £2m may just be the starting point.

Blues' manager Magilton is pragmatic about the speculation content in the knowledge Haynes continues to do well for Ipswich as the promotion chase hots up.

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Magilton last night said: “If my players are being linked with Premiership clubs then it shows they are doing something right.

“Danny has done well for us this season and is progressing. He has added some extra qualities to his game and it shows that he is improving if he his being linked with Premiership clubs.

“He signed a new contract this season though. He's a key part of our squad and I'm looking for him to play his part over the rest of the season."

Haynes, who joined the Blues academy after being released by Charlton, has hit 17 goals in 93 appearances, more than two-thirds as a sub.

His physique and impressive pace mark him out as Premiership quality and with clubs ready to pay around £2m for the sort of impact player Haynes has shown to be a summer move can not be ruled out, unless the Blues are promoted.

The 20-year-old signed a new deal last October taking him to 2010 and has made it clear in the past he is focusing on Ipswich and not allowing the speculation affect his game.

Haynes achieved cult status with Town fans with his prolific goal scoring record for Town at all levels against East Anglian rivals Norwich City.

He tends to do well in derby games nearer home to and with Pablo Counago serving the second of a three match ban and Shefki Kuqi still an injury doubt, Haynes could keep his place upfront alongside Alan Lee at Colchester United on Saturday.

The local derby game at Layer Road, which is a virtual sell out, will be refereed by Essex-based official Andy D'Urso.