Town again linked with Nugent as Pompey striker wants future sorted this month

PAUL Jewell’s summer search for a striker has again seen him linked with Portsmouth’s David Nugent.

National newspapers have claimed Ipswich Town are looking to tempt Nugent with a move to Portman Road on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old is still undecided whether to accept a new deal at Portsmouth and will be out of contract next month.

Premier League Bolton Wanderers are also said to be interested in the former Preston striker along with newly-relegated Blackpool.

Speaking at the end of the season, Nugent said he wanted a quick resolution to the matter: “I want to go away on holiday, relax and know I’ve got a club.


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“So hopefully it will be sorted out by the beginning of June. I don’t want it to drag on, not a chance. I hope to get it sorted as soon as possible so I can enjoy my holidays.

“I told the gaffer I’d be in touch with him and tell him what’s going on but I don’t know what’s going on yet.

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“I’ve played a lot of games this season – the first season I’ve played a lot of games really – so I just want a break, have a think about it and come to a decision.”

While Nugent has often been a public enemy number one at Portman Road – for both his goal record against Town and arrogant celebrations thereafter – a move for him would surely be welcomed by the majority.

Nugent, who was first linked with Town three years ago, threw his boots into the crowd following Portsmouth’s 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe on the final day of the season – but he later claimed this was only to thank the “quality” Pompey faithful.

Meanwhile, one newspaper report has said Town are also keeping tabs on Michael Chopra.

The Cardiff striker, who was seen by many as Roy Keane’s top transfer target last season, has struggled somewhat over the last nine months but City might be reluctant to sell having just lost fellow forward Jay Bothroyd on a free while Craig Bellamy’s situation next season remains up in the air.

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