Ipswich Town transfer talk: Striking options who could lift Town as Lambert looks to add goals to his side
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Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert will look to freshen up his relegated squad this summer. ANDY WARREN looks at some possible striking recruits.
The Blues' move for the 32-goal Tranmere striker is close to completion, with the 28-year-old understood to have agreed the switch to Suffolk.
He was level with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in English football's scoring charts last season, helping his side win promotion to League One at Wembley less than a week ago.
He's a finisher who can find the net with both feet as well as his head and leads the line with tenacity and complete commitment.
It remains to be seen how he handles the jump to the third tier, having spent almost all of his career in non-league football.
Impressed during his loan spell at Portman Road in the second half of last season, scoring three times and adding quality to the Ipswich forward line, but saw his stay disrupted by a hamstring injury.
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Medical concerns are the major barrier when it comes to a potential permanent return, with Paul Lambert a big fan and Keane known to be interested in a move following his release by parent club Hull.
Interest is likely to remain from both sides throughout the rest of the summer.
The Northern Ireland international is a free agent after leaving Sheffield United, following the Blades' promotion to the Premier League.
Is understood to be an Ipswich target, with the 26-year-old's ability to play anywhere across a front three a potential selling point.
Is likely to have Championship suitors.
The former Bolton and Yeovil striker scored 22 goals for Gillingham in League One last season and is now set to be a free agent despite being offered a new contract.
New Gills manager Steve Evans doesn't expect to be able to hang onto the forward, though, and has admitted he could follow new Ipswich recruit Tomas Holy out of Priestfield.
He said: "Sometimes players want to challenge themselves at higher levels or bigger clubs and football should always be about progression."
Has been linked with Millwall.
A free agent who is looking for his next club after leaving Wigan Athletic, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Portsmouth.
Injuries have been an issue for the former Everton youngster, who remains the Premier League's youngest-ever scorer following his strike for the Toffees against Crystal Palace in 2005.
Has played regularly in recent years and offers a physical presence in attack, with his last full season at third tier level seeing him score 24 goals for Bury.
Is not understood to be on the Blues' radar currently.
The son of former England defender Des Walker scored 26 goals for Mansfield last season during a productive loan spell from Nottingham Forest.
He's a good finisher and a threat in behind, with his efforts seeing him second in the League Two scoring charts behind Norwood.
Forest boss Martin O'Neill has said Walker, 22, will be given a chance to impress in pre-season, although there's a sense a spell in League One may be necessary before he is ready for the first-team at the City Ground.
The Welsh striker is on the transfer list at Sheffield United, having spent last season on loan in League One with Fleetwood Town.
He scored 18 goals for Joey Barton's side as he continues to rebuild his career following well-documented legal issues which kept him out the game for four years.
The former Norwich striker is set for pastures new this summer, with League One a likely destination.
Another on the Bramall Lane transfer list is Leon Clarke.
The forward has a pedigree in the second tier, scoring 19 goals for the Blades in 2017/18 but quickly finding himself sidelined and loaned out to Wigan last term.
Will likely garner second tier interest this summer, with Charlton thought to be interested.
Leyton Orient's 23-goal striker was born in Ipswich and started his career at the club's academy before being released and joining Colchester.
Has impressed since moving to Orient in 2017, playing a vital role in securing a return to League Two for the Brisbane Road club.
The Zimbabwe international is thought to have a £200,000 release clause in his deal, with Championship clubs said to be interested.
While Plymouth's 2018/19 season ended in disappointment as Argyle were relegated to League Two, it proved a breakout campaign for the 26-year-old former Colchester man.
The powerful forward scored 19 goals in total, with Sunderland said to have bid £400,000 for his services in January.
That price is likely to drop following relegation but, with Lambert likely to rely on free transfers and loans this summer, it remains to be seen whether a signing like Ladapo is on the agenda.