Ipswich Town closing in on a striker, but they won’t be signing Barnsley’s Marley Watkins after £1m bid rejected

Barnsley's Marley Watkins (left) and Millwall's Mark Beevers battle for the ball during the Sky Bet

Barnsley's Marley Watkins (left) and Millwall's Mark Beevers battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ipswich Town are closing in on the addition of a striker ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline, but they won’t be signing Barnsley’s Marley Watkins after the club had a £1m bid rejected.

The Blues did lodge a seven-figure offer for the versatile attacking midfielder/forward, as reported by Sky Sports last night, but it was knocked back and they have moved on to other targets.

The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that a deal for a striker is at an advanced stage, with possibly one other signing also due before close of play this evening.

London-born Watkins, 25, grew up in Swansea and started out at Cheltenham. He had two years of playing in non-league, with Bath and Hereford, before switching to Scotland to play for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. There he scored in a Cup Fianl win against Falkirk.

A move to League One Barnsley followed in the summer of 2015 and he scored eight goals as the Tykes won the Football League Trophy and secured promotion via the play-offs. He’s started this season in fine form, scoring twice – including at Portman Road on the opening weekend.

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