TRANSFER LATEST: Doncaster Rovers’ James Coppinger admits a move to Ipswich Town would appeal

James Coppinger has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Paul Jewell.

The Doncaster Rovers midfielder was close to joining Ipswich Town last summer and will move on after the club he has served for eight years were relegated.

Now the 31-year-old is hoping to revive the deal, praising the club and admitting he would have no hesitation about moving south.

Coppinger, right, said: “I think Ipswich is a great club. I have some friends who have played at Ipswich in the past and they speak highly of the club and the place.

“With them being in the Championship and an ambitious club, it is always somewhere you would look to go.


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“At this stage in my career and life, it wouldn’t put me off moving to Suffolk. You just want to play at the highest standard you can for as long as you can.”

Coppinger was Doncaster’s star man during their 3-2 defeat by Ipswich on Saturday – with Jewell admitting he would be talking to Rovers boss Dean Saunders about his availability after the match.

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The midfielder and his former team mate, star striker Billy Sharp, were Jewell’s first public targets last summer but Town’s offer of around �2.6million was turned down.

“It was on the cards last season,” admitted Coppinger. “It was a big decision for me, I knew Paul Jewell was interested and I spoke with the chairman – but it wasn’t to be.

“I want to be playing at the highest level I can and it is difficult for Doncaster. Now they have been relegated, everything changes and the budgets will get slashed.

“We will have to wait and see. I don’t think it will be solely in my hands and I don’t think anything is going to get done in the next month or so.”

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