Town new interest in Cardiff player
IPSWICH TOWN: The Blues have made an enquiry for a Cardiff City player – and it’s not striker Michael Chopra.
The player that Town manager Roy Keane is believed to have indentified is Hungarian international central defender Gabor Gyepes.
The 29-year-old slipped down the Bluebirds pecking order towards the end of last season having made 49 Cardiff appearances since joining from Northampton Town two years ago.
He would add experience to the Ipswich back line, particularly in the vital early weeks of the season when Damien Delaney is ruled out after suffering a blood clot following a whack on the leg.
Striker Chopra has been linked with Town since Keane expressed his admiration for a player who scored goals regularly when the pair were together at Sunderland.
But a Cardiff source insists that it is not Chopra that Town have shown an interest in, and with front man Jay Bothroyd an unlikely ally for Connor Wickham up front and little in the way of experienced full backs on their books, Gyepes could well be the man being targeted.
Ipswich, as usual, are not commenting although Cardiff’s players’ loyalty to the club has been tested by being asked to defer bonus and appearance money next season.
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The Welsh club’s financial situation is such that they cannot increase current contracts and have an embargo on signing players.
Cardiff’s owner has said that no player is for sale, but the departure of players like Gyepes, who was out of the game for some considerable time through injury after originally joining Wolves in the summer of 2005, would ease their financial plight.
A Tottenham spokesman has declined to comment on their reported interest in 17-year-old Wickham saying: “It is club policy not to comment on transfer speculation.”
Mike Pejic, who has joined the Town coaching staff with a view to helping to develop young talent alongside academy manager Sammy Morgan, has signed a two-year Ipswich contract.
Gary Ablett, who is working as coach with the first team this summer, has yet to sign a contract, but it is all set to be completed.
Former Town academy manager Bryan Klug’s official title at Tottenham is head of player development Under-9’s to 16’s/assistant academy manager.
He has replaced Chris Ramsey, who has moved into the role of assistant technical co-ordinator.
Tamas Priskin’s former boss at Watford, Brendan Rodgers is now manager of Swansea City and he has been linked with showing interest in the Hungarian international striker who cost Town �1.7million from Vicarage Road last autumn.
Keane is reluctant to let Priskin move on, but could change his mind if the right offer came along to help free up space in his own squad.