Paul Jewell has open chat with Keith Andrews

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has confirmed that he met with Keith Andrews this morning – with there no ill-feeling over the midfielder’s controversial comments yesterday.

The Blackburn loanee – who has scored nine goals already this season and captained the Blues in the recent weeks – claimed that owner Marcus Evans, chief executive Simon Clegg and Jewell had shown ‘no ambition’ to keep him beyond the start of the New Year.

The Blues boss revealed he had an open chat with the Irishman ahead of Thursday’s training session though and remains hopeful that a deal can be struck for the 31-year-old during the January transfer window.

“His agent (Will Salthouse) met the owner (Marcus Evans) and Simon (Clegg) on Monday, and I spoke to Keith this morning,” said Jewell, at the pre-Leicester press conference.

“We’d like to keep Keith, he seems keen to listen to what we’ve got to say, but there are a lot of factors before a transfer like this has got to happen – money, Blackburn.”

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He added: “I know there are a lot of teams interested in him because he’s done so well. We’d like to keep him, but whether it can is down to a lot of things.”

– For full story, as well as all the latest Blues news ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Leicester, see tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star.

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