Keane rejects bids for pair
IPSWICH Town have rejected bids for two of their players, Roy Keane revealed last night.The Blues boss didn't elaborate on who the players are but opened the door for more negotiations.
IPSWICH Town have rejected bids for two of their players, Roy Keane revealed last night.
The Blues boss didn't elaborate on who the players are but opened the door for more negotiations.
Keane said: “We have had offers but we weren't happy with the offers we had for two of our players and it is up to those clubs to come back.”
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If deals are done then that would pave the way for Keane to finalise other plans.
He said: “I would not say there will be anyone coming in during the next week or two. Before we bring in anyone else we may have to let one or two go. That is the way it is.
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“I won't be chasing my tail over players. I have identified two or three and hopefully they can be done over the next few weeks if not I'm happy with the group of players I have anyway.”
Keane made it clear that former Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy is no longer part of his plans even though his move to Hull City has fallen through.
He said: “That deal is dead in the water as far as I'm concerned.
“It is nothing personal I like Daryl and he did really well for me at Sunderland but that was at Sunderland and we have to move on.”
Garvan netted twice in the 3-1 win at Waterford United with Kevin Lisbie also scoring, and Keane was happy with the overall performance and application.
Keane said: “I was fairly pleased particular with the attitude of the players. We left Ipswich at 7am to come over here so it has been a long days travelling, which is not ideal, but the players have knuckled down and that has impressed me.
“I was pleased defensively. It had to be better than the other night particular at set pieces and I'm sure the keeper and defenders will be pleased with the clean sheet but we all know there is still a lot of work to be done. That is why we have these games but overall I will sleep well.”
Garvan's performance clearly impressed the watching Irish fans and Keane admitted the Dubliner is making his mark.
He said: “He has impressed me once again. Like a lot of players he has shown me he wants to be in that team come the beginning of the season.
“I have said a thousand times he has talent but you need more than just talent to be a top player and that doesn't just reflect on Owen.”
Trialist Shane O'Conner was given a half at left back in place of Damien Delaney and he has a chance of something more permanent.
Keane said: “It was good for Shane to get a run out and he has impressed everyone at the football club.
“I wanted to give Damien a rest and he has played left back before although he sees himself as a midfielder.”
Keane also praised Waterford's efforts on and off the pitch.
“I enjoying coming over here and the honesty from the League of Ireland players has to be admired.
“Some of the Waterford boys did very well indeed particular in the first half and a few of them impressed me greatly. Some would not look out of place in our side.”