Poll: Which Premier star would you take a punt on at Ipswich Town?

Owen Garvan

Owen Garvan - Credit: wjp palace v ips1

As the dust settles on the Premier League season, top flight clubs are wasting little time in planning for the future.

Jonny Williams

Jonny Williams - Credit: Gregg Brown

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans, meanwhile, has said he will back Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy leaving Chris Brammer to look at 15 out-of-contract and available players that could bolster the Blues’ promotion hopes.

Sammy Ameobi

Club: Newcastle United

Status: Offered new deal

Age: 23

The younger brother of Shola, tricky winger Sammy made 15 starts in the Premier League for the Magpies last season, scoring two goals.

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An exciting left-footer, Ameobi is out-of-contract at St James’ Park, but has been offered a new deal by the club and would command a fee, given his age.

Jerome Thomas

Jerome Thomas

Reportedly being tracked by Premier League West Brom and Town’s Championship rivals, Wolves, the Geordie, who spent time on loan at Middlesbrough in 2013, would add undoubted flair and creativity to Town’s engine room and would get Blues’ fans off their seats.

Career appearances: 76

Goals: 5

Adam Armstrong

Club: Newcastle United

Status: Under contract

Age: 18

Highly-rated in the north east, it might be that Armstrong has to move away from his roots on a temporary basis to get first-team experience.

Made one Premier League start for the Magpies and has scored goals at under-16, 17 and 18 level for England.

Described as a hugely gifted number 10 who can score goals, according to the Newcastle website, his age may go against him, given Town’s promotion ambitions.

Career appearances: 19

Joey Barton

Last Club: QPR

Status: Free agent

Age: 32

A highly-controversial figure, but there is no doubt that former QPR midfielder Joey Barton possesses the sort of midfield talent that would be welcome at every Championship club.

Good on the ball and combative – sometimes a little too much – in the tackle, Barton has spent the majority of his career playing in the top flight and could yet stay there.

Has been linked with a move to Leeds United and his free agent status will prove attractive to potential suitors but his wage demands, he was reportedly on £70,000 a week at Loftus Road, would likely price Town out of a move.

Career appearances: 366

Goals: 33

Luke Garbutt

Club: Everton

Status: Offered new deal

Age: 22

Described by EADT football reporter Carl Marston as one of Colchester United’s best-ever loan signings, Garbutt is out-of-contract at Goodison Park and seems unlikely to agree to the new terms being offered him.

Behind Leighton Baines in the pecking order with the Toffees, the England Under-21 international and former Leeds youngster saw rookie Brendan Galloway preferred to him in recent games against West Ham and Spurs.

Swansea and Bournemouth are reportedly interested, while he is likely to court a lot of interest from the Championship.

Town have a perfectly good left back in the highly-rated Tyrone Mings, but should they receive an offer that was too good to be true for the ex-Chippenham man, they may have to look for a replacement.

Career appearances: 69

Goals: 5

Owen Garvan

Last club: Crystal Palace

Status: Free agent

Age: 27

No stranger to Portman Road, Garvan scored 15 goals in 174 appearances for Ipswich Town before being allowed to leave for Crystal Palace by former boss Roy Keane

A stylish central midfielder, Garvan has a good range of passing and can score a goal, but has seen little action in the last two years, spending most of his time on-loan with Bolton Wanderers and Millwall.

The 27-year-old spent time training with Town last season but a loan move never materialised.

Would be a good fit alongside Cole Skuse but would likely be behind Teddy Bishop and Kevin Bru in the pecking order.

Career appearances: 277

Goals: 26

Jonas Gutierrez

Last club: Newcastle United

Status: Free agent

Age: 31

The Argentinian international has fought back from testicular cancer and scored on his final appearance for Newcastle last month, proving one of the heroes as the Magpies preserved their Premier League status at home to West Ham.

The former Velez Sarsfield and Mallorca man spent almost seven years on Tyneside and became a cult figure, scoring 12 goals in 205 appearances.

The midfielder provides plenty of energy down the left-hand side, is good from set-pieces and can find the net.

Spent time on-loan at Norwich City in the Canaries’ last season in the Premier League and would be a shrewd addition to any Championship squad.

In his early thirties but that has not stopped Mick McCarthy in the past as the likes of Stephen Hunt and Luke Varney will testify.

Career appearances: 417

Goals: 19

Matt Lowton

Club: Aston Villa

Status: Under contract until the summer of 2017

Age: 25

Lowton is reportedly out-of-favour under new boss Tim Sherwood, who is planning a big rebuilding process at Villa Park during pre-season.

The former Sheffield United defender has scored 12 goals in 170 career appearances and would provide an orthodox fit at right back, should Mick McCarthy choose to move Luke Chambers back to his preferred position of centre-half.

Would command a fee given his contractual situation and is on Premier League wages which would probably price Town out of a move, but may be available on loan.

Career appearances: 170

Goals: 12

Paul McShane

Last club: Hull City

Status: Free agent

Age: 29

Republic of Ireland international has already been linked with Town this summer and would fit the bill perfectly at Portman Road.

An honest, tough-tackling defender, McShane, who began his career at Manchester United, has a wealth of experience in the top two divisions and won promotion from the Championship with Hull in 2013.

Can comfortably play at right-back or centre-half and, having been released by the relegated Tigers, despite an impressive end to the season, may have to look to the Championship to re-start his career.

Still only 29, McShane is keen to get his future sorted as soon as possible and could get the opportunity to showcase his talent for the Republic of Ireland against England, in Dublin, on Sunday and against Scotland, in a Euro 2016 qualifier, on June 13.

Career appearances: 270

Goals: 14

Youssouf Mulumbu

Last club: West Brom

Status: Free agent

Age: 28

The DR Congo international was a bargain £175,000 signing from PSG in July 2009, after an initial loan spell, and went on to become a consistent performer for the Baggies in the Premier League.

Mulumbu became a key player under Roberto Di Matteo after signing on loan for Tony Mowbray in February 2009, but he fell out of favour under Pulis.

Plays a high energy game just in front of the back four but is cool on the ball and can also score some spectacular goals from range.

Mick McCarthy is a big fan of Cole Skuse, however, who has provided that calming influence in front of the Blues’ back four for the past two seasons.

Career appearances: 275

Goals: 17

Stephen Quinn

Club: Hull City

Status: Offered new deal

Age: 29

Brother of former Ipswich favourite Alan, the 12-capped Republic of Ireland international is currently mulling over a new deal at relegated Hull City.

The former Sheffield United midfielder has plenty of experience at Championship level and is an excellent talent on that stage, being able to play on both the left and in the centre of midfield.

Excellent on the ball, Quinn has a habit of arriving in the box late to nick a goal and may well fancy a new challenge. He would arguably be a better option in midfield than the likes of Stephen Hunt and Paul Anderson, both players having yet to receive a new contract offer from Town.

Would feel welcome joining the contingent of Irish players at Portman Road and would be available on a free which would be an attractive proposition.

Career appearances: 371

Goals: 27

Thomas Sorensen

Last club: Stoke City

Status: Free agent

Age: 38

A free agent after leaving Stoke City, the Danish international won an impressive 101 caps for his country before retiring in 2012.

Excellent shot-stopper with a wealth of Premier League experience, Sorensen has also played for Sunderland and Aston Villa in the top flight.

Town have Bartosz Bialkowski and Dean Gerken as their current shot stoppers but the former made a few high profile errors last season while Gerken, who suffered a couple of unfortunate injuries, was unable to dislodge the Pole when eventually fit towards the latter end of the season.

Could be an option for a season should McCarthy want to strengthen his side’s spine. Sorensen is certainly a commanding presence and goalkeepers tend to play for longer than their outfield counterparts.

Appearances: 532

Ryan Taylor

Last club: Newcastle United

Status: Free agent

Age: 30

Extremely talented player at right-back or in midfield, Taylor has been hampered by a couple of serious knee injuries during his time on Tyneside.

Known for his trademark curling free-kicks, when fit Taylor is an excellent Premier League performer but his time spent in the treatment room may go against him.

Would not command a fee and would prove to be a valuable acquisition should he be able to stay fit.

Will definitely be a player on Mick McCarthy’s radar, given his versatility, creativity and work-rate but his wages may be an issue.

Released by Newcastle at the same time as Jonas Gutierrez, via a phone call!

Appearances: 291

Goals: 36

Jerome Thomas

Last club: Crystal Palace

Status: Free agent

Age: 32

Much-travelled, experienced left winger, Thomas is on the look-out for a new club having been released by Premier League Crystal Palace.

Impressed a few seasons back at Premier League West Brom, under Roy Hodgson, but his career has never really got going in the top flight.

Excellent Championship performer with a terrific left-foot, Thomas possesses pace, power and creativity and also has an eye for a goal.

Whether or not he would fit into Mick McCarthy’s plans when it came to the defensive side of the game, would be another question.

Appearances: 260

Goals: 24

Ross Wallace

Last club: Burnley

Status: Free agent

Age: 30

Scottish international cuts a diminutive figure on the left-hand side of midfield but his talent is not in doubt.

Possessing a wand of a left-foot, Wallace is an expert at set pieces and has twice won promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland and the Clarets.

Scored one goal in 15 Premier League starts for the relegated Lancashire club last season and is apparently a target for Kenny Jackett and Wolves.

Will have no shortage of takers and would be a good addition at Portman Road thanks to his fantastic work-ethic and his ability to play on either flank.

McCarthy has revived the careers of several other players with Premier League experience, namely Christophe Berra, Stephen Hunt and Daryl Murphy and there is no reason why he couldn’t do the same with the former Celtic man.

Appearances: 361

Goals: 38

Jonny Williams

Club: Crystal Palace

Status: Not a first-team regular

Age: 21

The Welsh international was a big star in his first loan spell at Ipswich Town, towards the back end of the 2013/14 season, and his return for a similar stint last season was well received by Town fans.

However, having returned from injury, Williams was soon in the wars again and was put out of action for several weeks by Watford’s Joel Ekstrand, forcing the Blues to cut short his temporary stay.

Returned to Suffolk towards the end of last season but played only a peripheral part in the run-in.

Mick McCarthy is a big fan and Palace would probably be happy to allow the youngster out on loan, or even sell him for the right price, but his injury record at Palace and Town may go against him.

Also, with the emergence of Teddy Bishop and Kevin Bru last season, would Williams be a regular starter at Portman Road?

Appearances: 88

Goals: 3

Brammer’s top three picks

Sammy Ameobi

Paul McShane

Ross Wallace

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