New right-back strongly linked as Jewell sends transfer list out to clubs
MANCHESTER City right-back Reece Wabara is on the verge of joining Ipswich Town, according to a report in one national newspaper.
The 19-year-old full-back, who has been capped by England Under-20s, is said to be attracting the interest of a number of Championship clubs, but it is Paul Jewell’s improving side that are set to win his signature.
Jewell has long said he wanted another right-back to provide competition for Carlos Edwards while Wabara can also play in midfield.
The speculation comes as Jewell revealed he has circulated a list detailing which Ipswich Town players are available for both loan moves and permanent deals.
The manager said that he is looking to ship a few more fringe players out as they would be better served playing competitive football than in training games organised by Town.
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Among a rather bloated squad, Jaime Peters, Andy Drury and Jamie Griffiths have already gone out on loan and the likes of Tamas Priskin have publicly voiced their displeasure at watching from the sidelines.
Jewell said: “I’ve sent out a circular saying what players are available to go out on loan, some with a view to permanent move.
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“It can be a two-fold thing, well a three-fold thing really. It can work for the player, it can work for the club and sometimes it can work for both of us.
“They can sometimes come back rejuvenated, fresher, fitter and more confident, or sometimes they might come back and we realise it’s not working and look to sell them. That’s not saying everyone is available for loan. Just some of them are.”
Jewell revealed that youngsters Shane O’Connor and Ronan Murray were two who would benefit from a loan move, the former having a trial with Crawley in pre-season while Murray’s move to Gillingham fell at the final hurdle.
But one player not currently deemed surplus to requirements is promising young left-back Joe Whight even if his progress has been slightly hampered by the emergence of Aaron Cresswell.
Jewell explained: “It might be something we look to do later on with Joe Whight, but I don’t want to send him out just yet. With the progress of Aaron Cresswell people have forgotten about Joe Whight – well we haven’t. We think Joe’s going to be a good player in the future for Ipswich.”
Meanwhile, Jewell has revealed that Griffiths is revelling in playing regular football after agreeing a loan deal with cash-strapped Plymouth Argyle.
“I’ve spoke to the lad and I know he’s loving being involved in the preparation of matches with the first team,” Jewell said.
“It’s all good stuff for him and I want him to come back looking to do that here. If he can’t, I want him to be thinking he can do it at another club.”