Ipswich Town agree a fee close to £1m for Rangers striker Joe Garner
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Ipswich Town have agreed a transfer fee for Rangers striker Joe Garner, with the Blues now in talks with the player about a Suffolk switch.
The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that the price is closer to £1m rather the £500k previously speculated and that, with the 29-year-old having not yet agreed terms, the move is far from imminent.
A pest of a front player, Garner chases and scraps for every ball and is very good in the air for his height of 5ft 10in. He was a prolific goalscorer in League One for Preston North End, but has never reached double figures in the Championship.
He moved to Scottish club Rangers for £1.8m last summer under the management of Mark Warburton and, having scored 10 goals in his debut campaign at Ibrox, has been allowed to move on as new boss Pedro Caixinha looks to recoup some money and build his own squad.
Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, 20, has arrived in Scotland to complete a move to the Gers from Finnish club HJK Helsinki for around £400k.
On the face of it, Garner is a very good League One player who hasn’t quite cut the mustard in the Championship. Let’s be brutally honest though, this is the kind of level of player the Blues are realistically going to get following last season’s 16th place finish.
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Mick McCarthy has got history of getting the absolute maximum out of hard-working players. Yes, Rangers fans don’t seem too sad about news of a potential departure, but remember Celtic supporters felt the same about Daryl Murphy at a similar stage in his career. Garner may just flourish if handed the No.9 shirt too.
Is Garner a Murphy replacement? He may not be 6ft+, but his main strength is in the air. He’s a pest, runs all day and will go to war with a centre-back.
He’s been booked 33 times in the last three seasons, but maybe Town have lacked that aggressive edge in recent times. It’s time opposition hated playing against them again.
Is £750k to £1m too much? He’ll effectively be half-price one year on from a £1.8m move. I just hope there’s enough left in the kitty to sign Emyr Huws or another box-to-box midfield player.