Ipswich Town renew their interest in keeper Lee Camp
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Ipswich Town have renewed their interest in goalkeeper Lee Camp following his frustrating short-term spell at Norwich City.
The Blues were close to signing the 28-year-old from Nottingham Forest back in January, but were pipped to the deal when their East Anglian rivals offered him the chance to realise his long-standing Premier League ambition.
Camp made just one start and two substitute appearances for the Canaries though, with Mark Bunn acting as the main cover to the injured John Ruddy throughout the second half of the campaign.
The Northern Ireland international’s short-term deal at Carrow Road is soon to expire and the prospect of more regular football at Portman Road could convince him to make the cross-border switch.
Town have used 18 different keepers over the last 11 seasons, with the likes of Stephen Henderson, David Stockdale, Richard Wright and Asmir Begovic all very much temporary measures in recent times.
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Boyhood Blues fan Scott Loach finished the season strongly following Henderson’s loan recall by West Ham, but manager Mick McCarthy – who has released keepers Arran Lee-Barrett and Jason Brown – still wants two experienced, non-loanee custodians competing for the No.1 spot.
Camp certainly fits that bill. With more than 300 appearances in English football’s second tier behind him, the former Derby and QPR player was being tipped for the top not so long ago.
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Named in the 2009/10 Championship team-of-the-year when Forest finished third before losing out in the play-off semi-finals to Blackpool, the Midlands club turned down three bids – the highest of which was £1.8m – from newly-promoted Swansea in the summer of 2011.