No rush for Jim

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that although no concrete moves have been made to reinforce his squad during the January transfer window he has potential new arrivals in mind.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that although no concrete moves have been made to reinforce his squad during the January transfer window he has potential new arrivals in mind.

The Blues boss, who accompanied Fabian Wilnis, Alex Bruce and Pablo Counago on a visit to the children's ward at Ipswich Hospital yesterday, is looking to bring in two or three players.

He now has the help of £12million investment from new club owner Marcus Evans, and admits this will help him in his quest to lift Town higher than their current sixth place in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Magilton said: “The extra money I now have brings its own set of problems and pressures.

“But it gives us a huge lift and improves our chances of doing well.

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“A number of players have been linked with us, and I expect the speculation to increase over the next few weeks.

“I have no problem with that at all as long as I get in the players I want at the end of the day.

“No concrete moves have been made yet in bringing in newcomers, but I have identified those who can raise the bar for us.”

Magilton, who took two morning training sessions yesterday and was part of a staff meeting in the afternoon, said that the same principles will apply even though he now has considerably more cash at his disposal.

“We are now in a better position to attract the players with the pedigree and quality we want, but I am not going to overspend and I am not going to enter silly markets,” he said.

“I am not going to make silly bids.”

Magilton acknowledged the worth of Plymouth's David Norris, the right-side player he has been linked with since making a preliminary inquiry last summer.

“David is a good player. But as I said we will be linked with players and no concrete moves have been made.”

And Magilton stressed that loans will still play a part in his dealings.

“There may be more money in the kitty, but we will still be exploring the loan market,” he said.

Magilton is unlikely to have 34-year-old Frenchman Sylvain Legwinski available for Saturday's home match against Burnley.

The defensive minded midfielder has had no serious damage found by a scan, but the bruising in his ankle is likely to take a while to settle.

“We need Sylvain over the holiday period, but it does not look as though he will be available on Saturday,” said Magilton, who is to delay his decision on the four triallists he has had at the club over the last couple of weeks until after the holiday period.

Polish midfielder Damian Gorawski, Finnish defender Jonas Portin, American goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm and former Liverpool trainee midfielder Charlie Barnett all featured in a behind-closed-doors game with Watford last week.

Speaking about his hospital visit that brought great joy to youngsters on Bergholt Ward, Magilton said: “I have my own experience of children's wards, and hopefully we added something to the youngster's day.

“All credit to the players for taking part in visits around the area, as hospital is not the place for children at this time of year.”

The playing staff have clubbed together to donate digital cameras and three televisions and video/DVDs to help brighten the bedrooms at the children's hospice in Ipswich. TeamCard partner Currys have added to the Christmas sack with extra toys.

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