Reo-Coker Ipswich links shot down

NIGEL Reo-Coker has had no contact with Ipswich Town over a move to Portman Road, we understand.

National newspaper reports overnight claimed the midfielder, who was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, was said to be in talks with Paul Jewell over a move to Ipswich.

But a source close to the out-of-contract player denied the rumours and said that the 27-year-old was still looking to play Premier League football next season.

Reo-Coker has been linked with moves to Newcastle, Stoke City and West Brom and any suggestion that he would be prepared to step down a level, and take a significant pay cut, seemed unlikely.

Meanwhile, another rumoured Ipswich target – Sheffield United defender Matthew Lowton – is not for sale, according to Blades boss Danny Wilson who has issued a hands-off warning to potential suitors.

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Town and divisional rivals Blackpool have been linked with the 22-year-old who can play full-back, centre back or defensive midfield.

But Wilson said: “He did fantastic here last season and we are trying to tie all our younger lads down and keep them here longer.

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“We have not had any approaches for Matt and, at the same time, we would not encourage them anyway. He is one of the young lads who have done very well since breaking into the team and I want him to keep progressing with us.”

But with Sheffield United facing up to life in League One next season, Wilson added: “Money talks. A day is a long time in football and who knows what will happen.”

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