Town land 'Scholsey'

SUNDERLAND midfielder Jack Colback last night completed a loan move to Ipswich Town until January.

Derek Davis

SUNDERLAND midfielder Jack Colback last night completed a loan move to Ipswich Town until January.

The 19-year-old, who was captain of Sunderland's reserves last year, is highly regarded as a playmaking midfielder that earned the nickname “Scholesy” at the Stadium of Light and not just for his red hair.

Colback has been at the Stadium of Light since he was an 11-year-old and Roy Keane will know him well from his own 18 months there.

Although he is tipped to be the next academy star to break through he has yet to make a first team appearance and is considered in the north-east as an intelligent player that needs a bit more upper-body strengthening.

Darlington boss Colin Todd was particularly disappointed in missing out on the England Under-20 player who Steve Bruce has sent out on loan to toughen up.

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Colback is due to arrive at Portman Road this morning to meet his new colleagues and could soon face his Black Cats team-mate Martin Waghorn, who has joined Leicester.

Whether Colback makes his debut at Coventry remains to be seen, but there is a good chance he will play for the Blues in their Carling Cup match at Shrewsbury on Tuesday, with the Foxes at Ipswich the following Saturday.

The Blues are understood to be preparing a second bid for Watford striker Tamas Priskin and an initial bid tabled on Monday of about �1.2million was turned down.

Priskin's agent, Joseph Vorosbaranyi, has said the Hungarian striker would be interested in joining Keane's push for promotion, while Watford want to cash in on a striker who is in his last year of his contract and recently rejected a fresh offer.

Town are reported to have made a second attempt to sign Daryl Murphy, who rejected personal terms with the Blues last month.

The Irish striker instead went to Hull City, but again could not agree a contract and after failing to land a club is said to be back in talks with Ipswich.

Keane has made it clear that he would like to add two attack-minded players to his squad for the start on the season.