Jewell confirms continued interest in Baggies striker

IPSWICH Town boss Paul Jewell has confirmed that West Brom striker Simon Cox remains one of his targets in the transfer market.

IPSWICH Town boss Paul Jewell has confirmed that West Brom striker Simon Cox remains one of his targets in the transfer market.

Cox has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League all season, starting just three games in the top flight for the Baggies.

The ex-Swindon Town hot-shot resisted the temptation to go out on loan to Town a few weeks ago, choosing instead to try and cement a place in new manager Roy Hodgson’s team at The Hawthorns.

Although Cox has remained only on the fringe of the West Brom team, Jewell admitted yesterday that “other clubs” might be interested in signing the 23-year-old marksman.


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“We asked about Simon (Cox) a while ago, about five or six weeks ago,” explained Jewell.

“But he said that he wanted to try to impress the manager, Roy Hodgson, which I fully understand. And we haven’t heard anything to the contrary.

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“We haven’t been back in for him, but we have been in contact with West Brom to ask them to keep us informed if things had changed, and at the moment they haven’t.

“There might be a few other clubs interested in him, who are in a better position than us at the moment, in which case we might be up against it.

“But Simon Cox is not the only one that we have been enquiring about,” added Jewell.

The deadline for loan transfers is 5pm today, and the Ipswich boss revealed there might be activity in both directions.

“We have made one or two enquiries, and we are waiting for clubs to come back to us. There may be one or two that leave, to go out on loan,” confirmed Jewell. “There’s always something that comes up late on, so I wouldn’t discount anything.”

Defender Troy Brown, who is yet to feature for Town under new boss Jewell, is one of those who could be on his way out on a loan move.

Brown was linked with a loan switch to Southend United yesterday, although the Shrimpers might look elsewhere to bolster their injury-ravaged squad.

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