Jim confirms Charlton interest in Campo

IT IS understood Ipswich Town are in talks with Charlton over a possible swap deal involving midfield veteran Ivan Campo and former Blues favourite Darren Ambrose.

Elvin King

IT IS understood Ipswich Town are in talks with Charlton over a possible swap deal involving midfield veteran Ivan Campo and former Blues favourite Darren Ambrose.

If negotiations are successful it is hoped the deal could be completed by as early as this weekend.

Town boss Jim Magilton has made no secret of his admiration for Ambrose, who could solve a problem on the left side of midfield.


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Magilton today confirmed that he had received an enquiry from Charlton about the experienced Spanish player.

He said: “Charlton manager Alan Pardew did ask me about Ivan after Tuesday's game having been impressed with his performance in our match at Charlton earlier this month.

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“But that is as far as it went and I have nothing else to report. If he wants to take it any further then he only has to pick the phone up and speak to me.

“Ivan may not be in the team at the moment but he is a massive influence at this football club and I know the importance of him.

“I have gone on record already to say that Darren (Ambrose) is a player that I am keeping tabs on but at the moment he is in the Charlton team and I expect him to be so again tomorrow.”

Magilton confirmed that young striker Dean Bowditch has today gone on loan to Brentford for a month which means that Jordan Rhodes will come into the Town squad for the visit of QPR in the Coca-Cola Championship tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

And Magilton also revealed that scout Steve McCall is currently spending time in Argentina where he is watching games and following up leads with a view to possibly bringing in players from South America during the January transfer window.

“If a player becomes available that we have our sights set on then we will try and get him,” said Magilton.

David Norris returns to the squad after being suspended for Tuesday's home 1-1 draw with Charlton and the manager agreed that he does not intend to make many changes.

He said: “Rangers have lots of ability and players that can hurt us and they are on a little run.

“So we know we will have another team to break down but things are going well here and our self-belief is increasing and we showed on Tuesday how we can dominate sides when the only problem against Charlton was putting the ball in the net.

“There will not be too many changes and two wins on the bounce for us could make a big difference.”

Danny Haynes is struggling with an abdominal strain but Magilton expects the electric-heeled wide player to be available for selection against Rangers.

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