Potential Aaron Cresswell replacements have been lined up, says Mick McCarthy

Aaron Cresswell. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD

Aaron Cresswell. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy doesn’t expect any major transfer comings or goings at Portman Road before the window shuts in nine days time.

One potential big departure is left-back Aaron Cresswell, with Aston Villa having enquired about him last summer and a host of clubs – most recently Crystal Palace – having been linked in the last few weeks.

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“That won’t be me that decides that – it would be (owner) Marcus (Evans) who decides whether the price is right, not me,” said McCarthy, speaking ahead of today’s visit of Leeds United.

“He’s the best left-back in the league, that’s not me touting him around and trying to sell him, I just think when people do well they deserve to be praised.


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“Do I fear losing Cressie? No, because that’s what makes the football world go round. I certainly don’t want to lose him because it would dent what we’re trying to do and be an issue.

“We have scouting systems in place for potential replacements, whether that’s a left-back, midfielder or forward player. You have to be prepared.

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“This is all hypothetical though. We’re talking about Cressie and nobody has bid for him.

“And you have to remember that these sort of deals have to be right for everybody. If Palace wanted him then I’m sure they would include a relegation clause because that’s what teams do. He might see himself better than that and not want that.”

Meanwhile, the Blues boss reiterated that he will not be adding any more players to his squad. Asked if he would be interested in re-signing Guirane N’Daw, McCarthy said: “No, because I’ve got my 20 outfield players and that’s what we’re sticking with.

“Have we got the depth needed? We’ll see. I guess I’m looking and hoping that somebody like a Jack Marriott, Tommy Winter, Amir Berkane or Michael Crowe (academy players/graduates) can come through and back us up if needed.

“If we had four or five injuries on the spin we could take some loan players. I won’t be signing anyone else now though.”

– Follow chief football writer @Stuart_Watson on Twitter for live match updates.

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