Town consider final bid for Johnson

IPSWICH Town are today considering making a third and final offer to Cardiff City for defender Roger Johnson.We can reveal the Blues have recently had a second offer of nearly £2m rejected by the Bluebirds but have still not given up hope of securing the 25-year-old.

Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town are today considering making a third and final offer to Cardiff City for defender Roger Johnson.

We can reveal the Blues have recently had a second offer of nearly £2m rejected by the Bluebirds but have still not given up hope of securing the 25-year-old.

Johnson signed a new three-year deal with the Ninian Park outfit in July after City rejected a £1.75m offer for him, but his head could still be turned.


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Magilton is a big admirer of Johnson who, and even with the signings of Gareth McAuley and Iván Campo, is keen to secure the 6ft 2in tall centre half.

Ipswich are testing Cardiff's resolve and believe a deal can be done.

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Johnson would be in addition to Moritz Volz if that deal can be done, and Magilton is even considering making it a loan if it means the German will come.

Magilton said: “We are still very much in the hunt for Moritz although we have something else going on with regards to bringing in another defender.

“Moritz still has a hunger and he feels he is a Premier League defender, and so do we, and if we could bring him in we would be delighted.”

Magilton admitted he is still confident he can secure Shola Ameobi, and even more so after meeting the Newcastle striker and looking him in the eye.

He said: “Ameobi has not gone away but we are a bit wary. He has this hamstring injury and after what happened with Shefki (Kuqi) when we got stung a little we will wait and see. He seems a really nice guy, who seemed impressed with the way we went about our business and how we go about things.

“It may be a case of waiting right up until the last day of the window, although we do have other irons in the fire.

“A loan may be an option but whether Newcastle want to go down that route is something else.”

Another option is Jose Emilio Guerra who is with Atletico Madrid B team playing in the Spanish second division.

Guerra hit 15 goals in 26 games for Barcelona B last season but fell out with the coach.

Magilton said: “Certainly Guerra is a very good player and one that I'm still interested in.”

Having Pablo Counago and Campo at Portman Road could persuade more Spaniards to come over.

Magilton said: “The Spanish market is something that should be explored a lot more. Pablo really enjoys playing here, Campo really enjoys playing in England and having two players of that quality means they can pass on the gospel. We have a contact in Valencia and we are on building that.

But Magilton rejected suggestions he will get a second chance of signing Cesar Navas who fractured a foot while on trial with Town last season but has since been linked with Birmingham City.

Magilton said: “Unless he has changed his girlfriend who didn't like the area, we have no chance.”

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