Keane given okay to throw money at bringing in striker

IPSWICH TOWN: The Blues are to ‘throw money’ at bringing in a goalscorer during the close season.

Manager Roy Keane revealed this today on the eve of the final Championship match of the season against Sheffield United at Portman Road (kick-off 1pm).

Keane sees next season offering a window of opportunity for promotion to the Premier League.

He says that the teams coming down are not as strong as some years and that his team must strike before longer parachute payments come in to lessen the chances of ‘new’ clubs making the top flight.

“Newcastle and West Brom were likely to be certs to go back up and that the rest of us were playing for one spot this term,” said Keane.

“But with their financials problems the likes of Portsmouth and Hull may not offer such a threat.

“We must take the chance that is in front of us, and this means bringing in four or five newcomers to make us strong enough to take advantage.”

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Keane says that he has had a chat with club owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg and told them of the players he has in mind to bring in.

“Blackpool and Leicester have done well without spending a fortune so it proves it can be done,” added Keane.

“But while other positions can be filled without breaking the bank, I have been given the okay to throw money at bringing in a goalscoring threat.

“The owner has been very supportive and I’m sitting back a bit now while the chief executive deals with negotiations with other clubs.

“We paid decent money last year for Lee Martin and Tamas Priskin and they have not worked out yet, but I have faith in them and some players take longer to settle than others.”

While Keane has set his targets of who he wants to bring in, he has revealed those out of contract who will be leaving.

Richard Wright, David Wright, Pim Balkestein, Ed Upson and Devann Yao will not be offered new deals while Keane is not looking to keep on-loan Liam Rosenior.

A new two year contract has been offered to Shane O’Connor and one-year deals to Jack Ainsley, Reggie Lambe, Troy Brown and Ian McLoughlin.

Liam Trotter is also to be offered a new deal with discussions set for next week with a player currently on loan at Millwall and looking to help the Lions gain promotion from League One.

Keane will be talking to his players out on loan – Alex Bruce, Tamas Priskin, Jon Stead, Kevin Lisbie and Colin Healy – about their futures shortly.

“It’s been a difficult week,” said Keane. “I’ve let some decent players go – and good lads too with David and Richard Wright particularly good servants to the club.

“But it’s part of the territory and we’ve made our minds up and will stick with that.

“It’s important that we have a reserve team full of young players next season.

“Liam Trotter’s done very well while on loan at Millwall and I’m sure he will have other options.”

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