Town could swoop for Stockport duo

IPSWICH Town could be preparing a double swoop on Stockport County.

Mike Bacon

By Mike Bacon

IPSWICH Town could be preparing a double swoop on Stockport County.

A spokesman at Edgeley Park has admitted that many of their prized young stars could be off in the transfer window if the price was right.

And Ipswich are said to be interested in both defender Jimmy McNulty and County's Welsh goalkeeper Owain fon Williams.

Twenty-three-year-old McNulty can play both at left back and, more interestingly from Town's perspective, central defence. He is one of Stockport's prized assets however.

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The popular Scouser, who signed from Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield Town a year ago, has played a key role in County's play-off success last season and their climb to seventh place in League One in this campaign.

He was signed on a free from Macclesfield and has two Scotland U21 caps.

Ipswich are also reportedly interested in taking keeper Owain fon Williams to Portman Road.

The Welsh Under-21 international has proved a big success between the sticks since his arrival from Crewe Alexandra last summer and he has 11 Wales U21 caps.

A Stockport club spokesman said: "Our recent success has been built upon the development of young players who will, inevitably, attract interest from clubs at a higher level.

"And, if serious offers are made, which are in the best interests of the player and the club, then these offers will be accepted. Like any other club, we have to balance our ambition with the financial reality of our existence."

Meanwhile Ipswich Town are preparing for Saturday's Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road.

Owen Garvan is expected to be fit after missing the FA Cup clash with Chesterfield with a sickness bug.

Wednesday are just below Town in the Championship table and a point behind the Blues.