Swindon deny any Ipswich bid for duo
SWINDON Town have poured water on reports that Ipswich have made a double bid for Matt Ritchie and Paul Caddis.
Blues boss Paul Jewell sent the rumour-mill into overdrive on Saturday night after revealing he had made three bids for unnamed players – two from the same club.
But reports that two of the players could be exciting winger Ritchie and defender-cum-midfielder Caddis have been dismissed by Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray.
The Robins chief told the Swindon Advertiser: “There have been no bids for any of our players.”
Town have long been linked with 22-year-old Ritchie, who further enhanced his reputation with two goals on Saturday, while the winger has also been linked with Reading and Crystal Palace.
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Speaking after Ritchie’s brace beat Rotherham on Saturday, Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio said: “I told him to forget about going somewhere, we want to keep him and bring in other players. We want to win the league and he is one of the main parts of this team.”
The duo have played a vital part in Swindon’s push for promotion from League Two and would not come cheap.
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Sources close to the club suggest Ritchie alone would cost in excess of �1 million – if the club decided to sell at all.
One advantage Ipswich might have is Di Canio’s desire to sign Town youngster Ronan Murray after the striker impressed on loan.