Sister sledge – Jewell reveals why Moussi turned down Ipswich Town move
NOTTINGHAM Forest midfielder Guy Moussi today faces Ipswich for the first time since rejecting a move to the Suffolk club – with manager Paul Jewell revealing sisterly advice may have been the deciding factor.
The Blues boss – whose side travel to The City Ground looking to end a run of three straight Championship defeats – revealed back in the summer that he was keen on bringing Frenchman Moussi to Suffolk.
And it seems as though he came very close to prising him away from his employers at the end of his contract, only for the Frenchman to sign a new three-year deal.
“We did try and get Moussi but I understand his sister didn’t want him to move to Ipswich!” revealed Jewell.
“That’s what his agent told us apparently, something about his sister or his mum – maybe it was both – talking him out of the move.
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“I was told his sister didn’t want him to move ‘all the way’ from Nottingham to Ipswich. I didn’t get to speak to the player, I think his agent spoke to (chief executive) Simon (Clegg).
“I just shook my head and moved on.”
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It was the second time Jewell lost out to Steve McLaren in the transfer market, with veteran Dutch midfielder George Boateng also choosing Forest over Town following trials at both clubs.
“We had George on trial, but obviously Steve knew him from his Middlesbrough days so that’s presumably why he chose them,” said the Blues boss.
McLaren went on to resign after taking just eight points from his first 10 games in charge, with replacement Steve Cotterill clawing them back up to 20th in the table with three wins from five.
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