Paul Jewell prepared to let Ronan Murray go

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has confirmed that Swindon Town have made an offer to sign striker Ronan Murray on a permanent deal.

Murray joined the Robins on loan in November and has scored twice in eight games prompting Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray to declare an interest in signing the 20-year-old until the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is due to return to Portman Road tomorrow, but Swindon remain eager to retain his services.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, Jewell admitted he might be willing to let the Ipswich academy product, who will be out of contract at the end of this campaign, leave.

He said: “I think they have put something to the chief executive, but I haven’t really looked at it yet. I am really pleased that he is playing football because he had limited opportunities here.

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“But if he wants to stay here, or if he wants to go to Swindon, we can help make something happen for him. We will give the player his wish.”

Swindon manager Paolo di Canio had earlier told BBC Wiltshire that he wanted to keep Murray on a permanent basis.

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The Robins boss said: “He belongs to us now – he will stay with us. We’ve offered something and we are waiting for an answer. He’s a player I would like to see here. He is a young and talented player and the plan is to buy him because I want to buy him.”

Meanwhile, Jewell also revealed that Canadian international Jaime Peters, who joined Bournemouth on loan earlier in the season, would be allowed to go on loan again.

He revealed: “He (Jaime) can go on loan. There’s no problem – he knows that he is not first-team choice obviously.”

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