TRANSFER RUMOURS: Ipswich Town looking at Australian keeper Mat Ryan and face battle for Luke Chambers
IPSWICH Town are considering offering a trial to promising young Australian keeper Mat Ryan, according to reports.
While divisional rivals Burnley have made the first move for the Central Coast Mariners number one – who ended a fantastic domestic season by being named goalkeeper of the year – Paul Jewell is keeping a close eye on developments.
The Brisbane Times say Burnley have offered Ryan, who was recently called up to the Australian squad for a World Cup qualifier, a two-week trial but that Town are waiting in the wings.
Mariners football director Lawrie McKinna said: “We’ve had the request (from Burnley), it’s not an offer as yet and we’re considering it.
“Our only big concern is that he hasn’t trained for four weeks, and we want to make sure he’s fit enough to go over. If he’s underdone, you risk an injury, and we don’t want that.”
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The Times claims Ryan’s ‘management’ are also considering trials at Ipswich, Bristol City and West Brom with a fee of around �300,000 likely to prise him away from his homeland.
Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Post has reported that Leeds United are considering making a rival bid for former Nottingham Forest skipper and free agent Luke Chambers.
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The centre-back has been identified by Paul Jewell with rumours circulating the 26-year-old could sign on the dotted line before the start of official pre-season training on Thursday.
But Leeds boss Neil Warnock is said to be considering an offer for the one-time Forest player of the year with much depending on how takeover talks at Elland Road go this week.