Town bid for striker – but it’s not Sharp
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has revealed he has a bid for another striker – but says it’s not former target Billy Sharp.
Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll announced towards the end of last month that his Championship club had turned down a double bid from Ipswich for Sharp and attacking midfielder James Coppinger.
The rejected offer was believed to be around �2.3m for Sharp – who scored 16 goals last season – and �300,000 for 30-year-old Coppinger.
Despite signing striker Michael Chopra from Cardiff City and saying that he does not want or need to sell teen sensation Connor Wickham, Jewell says he still wants to add another forward to his ranks.
He said: “We’ve got some good strikers at the club. We’ve got Connor (Wickham), we’ve got Jason Scotland, we’ve got Tamas Priskin and now we’ve got Michael Chopra, but I still want another one.
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“We have made a bid for another striker and there’re two or three other things going on at the moment which, luckily, we’ve been able to keep quiet to a certain extent.”
And when asked if his interest in Sharp was now over, he said: “I think so. We made an offer for him before the play-off games, that was rejected and they made it public – that’s their prerogative.
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“Negotiations were ongoing but once we knew Chopra was available we quickly changed our target because I think he’s as good as you get in the Championship.”