Tamas Priskin joins Derby but Rob Hulse unlikely to replace him

TAMAS Priskin could well have played his last game for Ipswich Town after agreeing a loan switch to divisional rivals Derby County.

The Hungarian striker yesterday completed his switch to the Rams on a temporary deal until January.

But with the 25-year-old out of contract in the summer, the forward might use the next few weeks to put himself in the shop window.

Town boss Paul Jewell appears to have given up on Priskin despite surprisingly picking the forward for last week’s match against Doncaster Rovers.

But after the forward again failed to impress – mirroring his underwhelming time at Portman Road – Jewell was happy to sanction a loan deal, which includes the striker being ineligible to face Town when the two sides meet next month.

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Priskin was signed by former Ipswich manager Roy Keane two seasons ago but the �1.7 million man has never really convinced.

The notable exception was when Priskin played a starring role against Premier League giants Arsenal in the first leg, semi-final of the Carling Cup, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.

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But in total, he managed just nine goals in 35 starts, including a further 24 appearances from the bench.

Jewell last season allowed him to join Swansea City on loan where he helped earn the Blues �300,000 for his small part in helping the Swans achieve promotion to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Jewell is unlikely to follow up any interest in QPR striker Rob Hulse to replace Priskin.

A source close to the burly frontman has claimed that he should join a Championship side today before the 5pm deadline.

But we can reveal that it is unlikely to be the Blues unless Jewell, who signed Hulse when manager of Derby, has a dramatic change of heart.

The Ipswich boss was this week offered the chance to sign Hulse on a loan deal, but appears set to decline the opportunity and put his faith in his current frontmen.

* For more on this story and all the latest Town team news ahead of Saturday’s match against Reading, keep checking this website throughout the morning.

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