Priskin lined up for vital Town role
IPSWICH TOWN: Tamas Priskin is a striker earmarked by manager Roy Keane to help lead the Blues to success next season.
He is being lined up to partner young hot shot Connor Wickham in attack as Ipswich seek to make an impression in the Championship.
The Hungarian international made little impact with just two goals following his �1.7million transfer from Watford last autumn and spent the final months of the campaign on loan at QPR.
But he is not included in a list of eight players who Keane sees surplus to requirements and it looks as though he will be given a chance to prove himself next term.
Keane is seeking to bring in a recognised free-scoring front man but he knows that he has to off-load players first to give him the wherewithal to attract the man he wants.
Priskin looks as though he will compete with any new man and Wickham to lead the Ipswich attack.
Keane’s unofficial transfer list was circulated this week to all other Football League clubs.
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He will be happy to see three or four players leave to carry out Town owner Marcus Evans’ requirement that the wage bill has to be reduced to allow new players to come in.
Ipswich are making no comment on the situation but there is no doubt that the following players on the list are available at the right price – Lee Martin, Pablo Counago, Jon Stead, Owen Garvan, Alex Bruce, Alan Quinn, Colin Healy and Kevin Lisbie.
Four of the eight spent periods on loan last term - while Martin, Garvan, Counago and Quinn were given limited opportunities in the first team.
With Town chief executive Simon Clegg confirming that he is under pressure to off load players, it is no surprise that the Blues have ensured that other clubs are aware of the situation.
This does not rule out Keane using any of the eight next season if they cannot be moved on – with seven having contracts that end in 12 months time and Martin until 2013.
Bruce and Stead may well have ended up at Leicester and Coventry respectively after successful loan periods if changes in management at both clubs had not taken place.
Lisbie trained with the youth team on his return to training on Monday, and after a loan spell at Colchester in 2009/10 he is one who appears desperate to move on.
Keane stressed how imperative it was to strengthen his squad this summer, but the Town boss knows the pitfalls in clearing the decks to allow this to happen.
He said: “Some might sit tight as they are under contract.
“They might not want to move even if it’s made clear that I don’t see them in my plans.
“It’s about trying to find them the right clubs, but that will be down to their agents and could be easier said than done.
“We’ve got too many experienced players on big wages in our squad.”