Just who is on Paul Jewell’s mystery list?



- Sean St Ledger

Jewell had a �1.5m bid for the Republic of Ireland international centre-back publicly rejected by Preston back in January. The Blues boss then made a fresh enquiry after the Lilywhites were relegated to League One.

The Birmingham-born defender joined big-spending Leicester City on a three-year deal at the start of the month though for a fee believed to be around �1.2m.

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- Jason Pearce

The 23-year-old, no-nonsense centre-back was rated as one of the best defenders in League One last season as he helped Bournemouth reach the play-offs.

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He signed a three-year deal at Town’s Championship rivals Portsmouth on June 24 though – rejoining the club where he came up through the ranks – for a fee which is believed could rise to �600,000.


- Matt Lowton

The versatile 22-year-old – capable of playing anywhere down the right side – was a rare bright spot for Sheffield United last season as they suffered relegation to League One for the first time in more than 20 years.

Blades manager Danny Wilson has issued a hands-off warning, but a good bid could well persuade the financially struggling club to part with a player who has only a year left on his contract.

- Nyron Nosworthy

The 32-year-old Sunderland player – a supposed target of Roy Keane during his time at Portman Road – would be able to provide much-needed competition for Town at right-back and centre-back.

Out of the picture at The Stadium of Light having been loaned to Sheffield United last season.




- Kieron Dyer

The former Town favourite returned to the club on loan at the end of last season leading to speculation that he might be purchased on a permanent basis following his release by West Ham. Recently signed a one-year deal at newly-promoted Premier League club QPR.

- Danny Green

Having caught the eye with a string of assists and goals for Dagenham & Redbridge in the bottom two divisions of the Football League, Green was linked with a host of clubs this summer – including Ipswich.

The right-wing, set-piece specialist signed for ambitious League One side Charlton at the end of June for a fee believed to be around �400,000.

- James Coppinger

Town had a bid of �300,000 for the 30-year-old midfielder publicly rejected by Doncaster earlier in the summer.

Rumours of a second bid have not been substantiated but Coppinger today re-signed with Doncaster.

Others: Michael Brown (experienced free agent signed for Leeds), Guy Moussi (signed new deal at Nottingham Forest after confirmed Ipswich interest), George Boateng (well-travelled Dutchman signed for Forest after brief spell of training with Town).


- Jimmy Bullard

The one all Ipswich fans want following his sensational end-of-season loan spell at Portman Road. Jewell says the player’s huge wages have made a permanent move impossible though and, following interest from QPR, employers Hull City now say they would rather play him than loan him out to a rival.

- Peter Whittingham

Rumoured that the former England Under-21 international might have been looking for a fresh challenge following nearly five ‘so close, yet so far’ seasons at Cardiff.

Jewell has confirmed that an enquiry has been made but that he has been told that the left-winger, turned central midfielder is not for sale.

Others: Nigel Reo-Coker (wants to stay in Premier League after release by Aston Villa), George Boyd (Peterborough say there have been no bids), Keith Treacy (Preston winger has been heavily linked with Ipswich, but we understand no bid has been made), Giles Barnes (played under Jewell at Derby, but we understand there has been little interest in free agent).


- Jason Koumas

The 31-year-old Welsh international – a former player of Jewell’s at Wigan – is a free agent having been released by the Latics.

- Faris Haroun

The 25-year-old Belgian international has been attracting plenty of scouts at Beerschot AC in his home nation. Been linked with Ipswich, but Standard Liege are now said to be leading the chase.

-Dean Marney

Reports from Burnley say that the 27-year-old former Tottenham and Hull midfielder is at the top of Jewell’s list to replace David Norris as an energetic box-to-box man. Still has two years left on his contract and would therefore command a sizeable fee.




- David Nugent

The man who always seems to score against Ipswich became a free agent this summer after being released by Portsmouth. Leicester City snapped up the one-time England international on a three-year deal earlier this month.

- Nathan Tyson

The 29-year-old frontman was seen by many as the man to add pace to the Town attack following his release by Nottingham Forest. Derby County have won the battle for his signature though, with Hull and Burnley also rumoured to have been interested.


- Jason Roberts

Rumours mounted that the powerful striker was set to link back up with his former Wigan manager at Portman Road. He quickly moved to quash such claims on Twitter though, saying he was perfectly happy at Blackburn.


- Ched Evans

Jewell has admitted this week that the 6ft striker is ‘on his list’. Sheffield United are keen to offload their highest earner – rumoured to be on �20,000 a week – following relegation to League One. Expect this one to have legs.

-Billy Sharp

Jewell had a �2.3m bid publicly rejected by Doncaster for the proven goalscorer earlier this summer. The Liverpudlian has since intimated that new signing Michael Chopra is too similar to the 25-year-old, but he could be tempted to go back in now that a selling price of �3.25m has been established. Would need to persuade the Sheffield-based player of his Premier League ambitions after he rejected a Southampton switch.

- Jonjo Shelvey

The 19-year-old looks set to leave Liverpool on loan having failed to make his mark following a big switch from Charlton. Was rumoured to have been part of a potential swap deal had the Merseyside club made a bid for Connor Wickham.

Others: Marvin Sordell (versatile Watford speedster has been heavily linked), Noel Hunt (Reading’s Irish international may be tempted by a new challenge), Simon Cox (West Brom man rejected a loan move to Town back in April).

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