Search for a goalkeeper – 10 potential Ipswich Town targets

Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell says he is keen to sign a permanent goalkeeper who he can build his side around for years to come this summer. STUART WATSON takes a look at some potential targets

PREMIER LEAGUE

BRAD GUZAN

He may be capped 19 times by the Unites States, but 27-year-old Brad Guzan continues to find his chances limited at Aston Villa.

Signed by Martin O’Neill in 2008 for a fee of �600,000 from MLS side Chivas, the man with Polish ancestry first found himself behind fellow countryman Brad Friedel in the pecking order, while he is now being kept out of the side by Shay Given.


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Included in his eight appearances this season have been games against Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

BEN AMOS

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Capped for England from Under-16 to U21 level, Amos – set to turn 22 next Wednesday – is currently Manchester United’s third choice keeper.

Released by Crewe as a midfielder, the Red Devils snapped him up aged 11 after injuries meant he was forced to go in goal during a junior match they were watching.

Following loan spells at Peterborough, Norwegian club Molde and Oldham, he made his Premier League debut against Stoke in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in January. He remains behind David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard in the pecking order though.

KEIREN WESTWOOD

The Republic of Ireland international was linked with Town during his impressive time at Coventry City, however, he ended up going to Premier League side Sunderland when his contract ran out last summer.

The 27-year-old – a product of the Manchester City academy – has made just nine starts in his debut campaign at the Black Cats though, with Simon Mignolet impressing between the sticks. May be allowed out on loan next season.

CHRIS KIRKLAND

The one-time England keeper is being kept out of the Wigan side by in-form Oman international Ali Al Habsi.

A troublesome back has seen him struggle to make an impact in the Championship on loan in recent years. Made just three appearances at Leicester last season, saw a move to Cardiff fall through last February and made just one start at Doncaster last October. Injury problems would make him a big risk, but has pedigree and, at 30 years old, could still have a number of years left in him.

CHAMPIONSHIP

JOE LEWIS

Peterborough’s former England U21 keeper looks set to walk away from London Road on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

The 24-year-old has only made 12 starts for Posh this season after making some early season errors. Remains highly rated though, having been a shock inclusion in the full England squad in 2008.

SCOTT LOACH

Another former England U21 international, Watford keeper Loach grew up in Ipswich, spent some time at the club as a youngster and remains a passionate supporter of the Blues. The 23-year-old has been a regular fixture in the Hornets side for some time, but could be tempted by a move to his boyhood heroes.

LUKE STEELE

The former Manchester United and West Brom keeper has been in impressive form for Barnsley this season. But with the Tykes early play-offs hopes taking a nosedive in the New Year, he may feel now – aged 27 – is the right time to seek a new challenge.

LEAGUE ONE

LEAGUE ONE

ALEX SMITHIES

He may still only be 22, but Huddersfield’s academy product has long been talked about as one to watch since making his professional debut aged just 17.

Capped at various England youth team levels, the 6ft 3in keeper missed the first half of this season through injury. A boyhood Terriers fan, his decision to stay could well depend on whether the Yorkshire side – who replaced Lee Clark with Simon Grayson as manager recently – manage to seal League One promotion.

BEN WILLIAMS

The Colchester United custodian has been one of League One’s most impressive keepers over recent years. The 29-year-old is keen to keep his young family in East Anglia, but has admitted that he will have to carefully consider the contract offer his Essex employers have made him.

The former Manchester United man could prove to be a smart free transfer signing for any Championship club.

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

NEIL ALEXANDER

The Scottish international looked to be the answer to Town’s goalkeeping problem when he was signed from Cardiff in the summer of 2007. However, an impressive first half of the season saw him snapped up by Rangers come the January transfer window.

The Ibrox club are now having to off-load players after going into administration, although Alexander may not be viewed as a long-term option aged 34.

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