TRANSFER LATEST: Paul Jewell plays down George Boyd loan speculation

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has dismissed speculation that a deal has already been struck to bring Peterborough United midfielder George Boyd to the club on loan.

The Blues had a joint-bid accepted for both Boyd and Paul Taylor last week, but they were only able to sign the latter after Boyd – one of the highest ever wage earners at London Road – rejected the switch.

Jewell said yesterday that he would be interested in trying to resurrect a deal when the loan window opens again a week on Monday, while this morning Posh director of football Barry Fry said he would be ‘open’ to such discussions.

It led to speculation in some quarters that a deal was already in place, but Jewell – speaking after his side’s 2-2 home draw with Huddersfield – said that is not the case.

He said: “I said yesterday that I wouldn’t rule out revisiting it because I like George Boyd, but there’s nothing lined up at the moment. It might happen, but there’s nothing in place.”

Boyd played the entire 90 minutes as Peterborough lost 1-0 at Birmingham this afternoon, Darren Ferguson’s side having lost all four of their opening Championship games of the season.

Meanwhile, the Blues are still awaiting confirmation from the Football Association and Football League regarding the signing of French midfielder Cheick Kourouma. The club submitted all the relevant paperwork before Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline and hope to hand the long-term triallist a one-year deal.