TRANSFER RUMOUR: Paul Jewell considers fresh bid for Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger
JAMES Coppinger has moved back on the radar of Ipswich boss Paul Jewell.
We understand the Town manager is considering a bid for the Doncaster Rovers midfielder – more than a year after the 31-year-old was first targeted by Ipswich.
Speaking exclusively to the Green ‘Un at the end of last season, the winger admitted he would be interested in a move to Portman Road.
Jewell initially distanced himself from a move in May and Coppinger appeared likely to start the season in League One with Doncaster, who finished bottom in the Championship last year.
Now his hopes of moving back to the second tier of English football could be back on as the Blues boss looks to bring in new faces ahead of the season-opener against Blackburn Rovers on August 18.
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Jewell revealed on Tuesday night he would do everything he could to add to his four summer signings after two disappointing friendly defeats at Luton Town and Southend United.
Coppinger was first linked with Ipswich, along with then-team mate Billy Sharp, last May.
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Speaking after Doncaster’s 3-2 defeat by Ipswich on the final day of the season, Coppinger 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 also an ambitious club, it is always somewhere you would look to go.
“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.”