Jim: I'd let Danny go

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that he would not stand in the way of rising star Danny Haynes moving to the Premier League.

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IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that he would not stand in the way of rising star Danny Haynes moving to the Premier League.

Reports in the midlands yesterday suggested that Aston Villa had joined West Ham and Portsmouth in showing interest in the flying 20-year-old.

The Blues have confirmed that there has been no contact with Villa, but Magilton said: "As I have said before if the right bid came in and there was a chance for one of my youngsters to play in the top flight I would not stand in his way.

"But we have had no bids for Danny and if we do we will take it up from there. He remains very much part of my first team plans."

Haynes has shrugged off talk of a transfer into the Premier League this summer as 'rumours' and has confirmed his desire to help lead the Blues into the top flight.

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Meanwhile, midfielder Gavin Williams, 30, today completed his transfer to Coca-Cola Championship Bristol City for a fee that could rise to £350,000 with add-ons.

He underwent his medical yesterday and has met his new team mates. Williams has a son who lives in south Wales and a move west will suit help him spend more time with the youngster.

Williams has signed a two-year contract with City manager Gary Johnson, who was in charge when Williams played for Yeovil.

"Gary knows Gavin well," said Magilton. "And we wish the lad well."

Magilton, who completes his UEFA A licence course today before giving a 'Jim Magilton Legends' talk in Belfast tonight, has narrowed his goalkeeping coach search down to two.

He wants to have one more chat before making his final choice - with club owner Marcus Evans then having to give his seal of approval before the appointment can be announced.

Malcolm Webster, who worked at Portman Road under George Burley and then Joe Royle, is very much in the frame although his future with Southampton is still in the balance. And if Webster moves to Ipswich it would strengthen the case for Richard Wright to return as well and fill the number one jersey.

Wright has made no secret of is keenness to work with Webster as he did while on loan with Saints from West Ham at the end of last season.