Ipswich Town set to sign Rangers forward Martyn Waghorn for £1m
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Ipswich Town are closing in on the signing of Rangers forward Martyn Waghorn after the Scottish club accepted a bid of around £1m, according to the Daily Mail.
Town boss Mick McCarthy revealed last Friday that a deal for a front man was ‘progressing’ and, following Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Birmingham City, said the move was ‘still on’. The Blues have reportedly beaten Waghorn’s boyhood club of Sunderland to the deal.
Born in South Shields, Waghorn made a handful of Premier League appearances for the Black Cats before moving to Leicester for £3m in 2010. He spent the 2014/15 campaign at Wigan before joining Rangers where he has scored 44 goals across all competitions over the last two years.
The 5ft 10in tall left-footer can play as a winger or a forward and was capped at England Under-21 level. He is entering the final year of his deal at Ibrox, with new boss Pedro Caixinha looking to sell in order to buy.
Town have already signed one striker from Rangers this summer in the form of Joe Garner for a fee of £750k that could rise to £1m. The duo only started four games together last season.
McCarthy is after extra competition both up front (Garner, David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears) and in wide areas (Bersant Ceina, Grant Ward and Danny Rowe).
– Mick McCarthy’s press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s League Cup game at Luton Town will take place at 1pm. Log on here for live coverage.