Town trial for foreign youngster

IPSWICH Town have a foreign player currently on trial with a view to making a permanent signing.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town have a foreign player currently on trial with a view to making a permanent signing.

The club are keeping to their policy of remaining tight-lipped about transfer speculation, but it is believed the player is a youngster who is not from South America.

Last January the Blues signed Macedonian international Veliche Shumulikoski after he came to the club's Playford Road training ground for a trial.

But he remains the only one of many foreigners who have come to Suffolk to go through their paces to be offered a contract.

With international scout Simon Hunt now seven months into his job, and chief scout Steve McCall also having travelled the world on the look-out for players, Town have a list of foreigners they are interested in.

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The current trialist - who Town are refusing to name - was training yesterday. It is no secret that Blues boss Jim Magilton is seeking a central defender, left sided midfielder and striker in his January search.

Ipswich have also refused to comment on reports that left-winger Luciano Civelli from Argentina is a target.

Civello's plays for Club Atletico Banfield and their vice president Carlos Portel has claims that a �1million plus bid for a 50 per cent share in the 22-year-old has been made by the Blues.

The player is believed to be interested in playing in England, with Premier League Portsmouth another club understood to have been monitoring him.

Civelli is also interesting Greek side AEK Athens and has dual nationality with an Italian passport meaning that there will be no need for a work permit although Town would need to confirm the legality of the switch.

Civelli, whose older bother Renato plays for Marseille although was at loan back in Argentina with Gimnasia last season, was seen by McCall and Hunt on a visit to South America.

Tall and quick Civelli can play anyway down the left side, and his career for Banfield has yielded eight goals in 68 matches since making his senior debut in 2006.

Birmingham City striker Gary McSheffrey, a left-sided player, is another player being linked with Town. He has recently returned from a long term injury.

Any hopes Town had of re-signing Hermann Hreidarsson look dashed with the Portsmouth defender set to join Reading.

And possible striker target Leroy Lita has pledged his immediate future to parent club Reading - and insists that he wants to help Steve Coppell's side win promotion to the Premier League.

A number of out of contract and fringe Ipswich Town players will be playing for the Blues reserves tonight in a re-arranged game with Wycombe Wanderers at Marlow (kick-off 7pm).

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