Magilton reveals a bid for third player

IPSWICH Town boss Jim Magilton last night revealed he has made a bid for a third player.Magilton refused to give any details on who the third offer was made for but no one would be surprised if it turned out to be Hibernian defender Rob Jones.

Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town boss Jim Magilton last night revealed he has made a bid for a third player.

Magilton refused to give any details on who the third offer was made for but no one would be surprised if it turned out to be Hibernian defender Rob Jones.

Town are known to have a strong interest in the player who was targeted by Leeds last summer and Magilton has constantly stated he wants a new defender.

The Blues already have a bid in for David Norris and one other mystery player and Magilton insisted he had not given up on making progress for those two.

Magilton said: “We are still in discussions about those.”

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The club also confirmed that they had received no bids for any of their own players, and that includes Danny Haynes who is being strongly linked with Everton, Wigan and West Ham, or Jon Walters, with Wigan and Newcastle United reportedly keen on him.

According to Magilton Matt Richards is the only player being actively pursued and he has yet to decide whether he wants to go back to Brighton.

Reserve defender Michael Synnott has gone to York City for a two-game trial and took part in a reserve game against Darlington last night.

Town will be without Liam Trotter for the game against Stoke on Saturday, the trip to Blackpool and one other match after Town failed in their bid to have his red card against Portsmouth overturned.

Magilton said: “I still think it was harsh and after looking at the video we were right to appeal.”

Ex-Norwich City striker Paul Dalglish has travelled down from Scotland to train with Ipswich for three days but Magilton insisted it was not a trial. He said: “We are just helping someone out.”

Former Ipswich players John McGreal and Georges Santos have also been making use of Town's facilities recently to maintain fitness.

Magilton and chairman David Sheepshanks were summoned to meet new owner Marcus Evans in London yesterday but would not reveal what was discussed or if extra money was being made available for this transfer market.

Other key members of staff are expected to meet Evans in his Connaught Place offices today.

Chairman Sheepshanks commented last night on the result of the Leeds court case.

He said: “It seems the Yorkshire Police have the matter in hand. We made our views known to the FA as did the Supporters Club and we can do no more than that.

“Our views were not intended to make life harder for Leeds United, from whom we received apologies, it was more a question of our supporters who were harshly treated and in some case injured.”