TRANSFER LATEST: QPR striker DJ Campbell ‘raring to go’ after joining Ipswich Town on a three-month loan
IPSWICH Town have confirmed the arrival of QPR striker DJ Campbell on a three-month loan.
The 30-year-old – who has made over 150 appearances during a career which has included spells at Birmingham, Leicester and Blackpool – is in line to make his Blues debut in a Sky televised match against Cardiff City at Portman Road tomorrow tea time (5.20pm kick-off).
“I knew there was interest from Ipswich and working with Paul (Jewell) at this great club was something that really interested me,” said the striker.
“There were a few options but I spoke to a couple of people, like Kieron Dyer and a few of my other mates who have played here, and they all spoke very highly of the club.
“I know the results haven’t been the best so far but from what people have been saying, the performances have been good but we just haven’t been able to put the ball in the back of the net.
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“But I’m fit and raring to go if called upon for tomorrow’s game. Obviously I haven’t played much this season but I’ve been playing reserve games, so I am match fit and I’m ready to go out there and give 100%.
“That’s something that hopefully the fans will see in me, that I will always give my all out on the pitch and I’m looking forward to getting started with Ipswich.”
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Blues boss Jewell added: “DJ will provide quality. He was all set to go to Blackpool a week back but that didn’t happen and we’ve managed to bring him here for three months.
“Ollie (Ian Holloway) rang me last night. He thinks the world of him and told me that we have a really good player and a great lad.
“He will give us that spark that perhaps we need to finish off the chances that we have been creating.
“DJ has played Premier League football and is hungry to do well. He wants to play first-team football so (a longer stay) is not out of the question. We will see how things develop.”
With Town currently just a point ahead of rock-bottom side Peterborough, Jewell has abandoned his stated long-term summer policy and moved to add some temporary experience and leadership to the spine of his side.
Centre-back Danny Higginbotham has made a big impact since joining on a one-month loan from Stoke City, with the Blues looking far more solid in back-to-back draws at Barnsley and Brighton.
Midfielder Richie Wellens arrived on a one-month loan deal from Leicester last night, with the 32-year-old a former Foxes captain.
And there could yet be another temporary signing today, with Southend United centre-back Bilel Mohsni claiming he is close to sealing a three-month switch from his League Two employers.
The 6ft 3in Frenchman spent some time on trial at the club last month and, following a spell at Birmingham, returned to Playford Road yesterday.
Should Mohsni sign, Town would have seven loanees in their squad (Higginbotham, Mohsni, Wellens, Massimo Luongo, Guirane N’Daw, Campbell and Daryl Murphy) and all could feature on a match day.
Football League rules state that clubs can name five domestic loanees in their squad, with N’Daw and Murphy both employed by foreign clubs (St Etienne and Celtic).