TRANSFER LATEST: Ipswich Town target could remain at St Mirren

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St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has quashed speculation that Buddies winger Kenny McLean is still on Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy’s radar.

McCarthy has been strongly linked with the 21-year-old and suggestions of a potential friendly between the teams, in Paisley, which has now been pulled, added further fuel to the fire.

However, Lennon believes McLean has a big role to play for the Scottish League Cup winners next season and hinted that McCarthy’s interest in the youngster may have cooled.

“Kenny has another year on his contract and he’s going to be a big player for us next season as we try to move forward,” Lennon today the Paisley Express.

“I spoke to the Ipswich manager, Mick McCarthy, on the phone recently and he never mentioned Kenny once.”

McCarthy has yet to make any contact with St Johnstone’s Scottish international midfielder, Murray Davidson, and the combative box-to-box player’s next destination is likely to be Ibrox, and Second Division Glasgow Rangers.

Meanwhile, Blues target Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is focusing on his fitness first, before deciding on his next move.

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The 27-year-old former Plymouth forward broke his leg towards the end of the season and missed the run in as Wolves lost out in their battle to remain in the Championship.

Town, Reading and Middlesbrough are all interested in the Cambridgeshire-born frontman, but we understand the player is concentrating all his efforts on his rehabilitation.

Ebanks-Blake is out of contract in July, along with another reported Town target, Stephen Hunt, while contracted defender Richard Stearman remains on McCarthy’s wish-list.

Wolves have yet to appoint a replacement for Dean Saunders but it is not believed this will be detrimental when it comes to negotiating transfers at Molineux, with a head coach, rather than a manager, set to be installed.

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