New midfielder bid

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says his bid for a winger has been rejected but that a fresh offer has been submitted for another midfielder.

The Blues return from their pre-season tour of Holland today having won 3-1 at second tier side FC Den Bosch last night.

It completed a successful week of training and matches, with FC Eindhoven having been beaten 2-0 on Tuesday courtesy of a debut brace from Michael Chopra.

Owner Marcus Evans is understood to have been at last night’s game and was due to meet Jewell afterwards to discuss transfers.

Jewell, who lodged bids for a striker and a winger before leaving for the trip last weekend, said: “The bid for the winger has been rejected and the one for the striker we’re still waiting to hear on.

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“I’ll discuss it with Marcus (Evans) and see if we raise the bid. If you bid �3m you’re going to get knocked back anyway so you might as well start off bidding low.”

The Liverpudlian also refused to rule out a move for former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng following his recent spell of training at the club. The 35-year-old is also in talks with Nottingham Forest.

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“I spoke to his agent on Monday and we are also speaking to another midfielder as well,” said Jewell. “We want as many players as possible.

“I’ve told the players today that I want to bring new players in because it’s a tough league and I want competition for places.”

Meanwhile, Jewell said striker Jason Scotland – who has been linked with numerous clubs this summer – is still very much in his plans.

He said: “Jason has worked exceptionally hard in pre-season and done well in both training and the games. I’m not looking to sell players, I’m looking to bring them in.”

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