Two more players set to arrive next week

IPSWICH Town boss Paul Jewell is quietly confident that two more new players could be arriving at Portman Road next week.

IPSWICH Town boss Paul Jewell is quietly confident that two more new players could be arriving at Portman Road next week.

However, Jewell admitted that he won’t be seeing all of the initial down payment of �8.1million received from Sunderland, for the sale of Connor Wickham. Far from it!

Summer signing No. 4 was completed yesterday, with left-back Aaron Cresswell moving from Tranmere Rovers to Town on a three-year contract, therefore joining fellow new recruits Michael Chopra, Nathan Ellington and Ivar Ingimarsson.

The fee for Cresswell is set to be decided by a Tribunal, because Town and Rovers have been unable to agree a figure for the 21-year-old.

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Numbers five and six could also be on the horizon, but Jewell is not going to just throw money about recklessly.

“We have to be careful here. I don’t want people to think that we have all of a sudden got �8m to spend, because we haven’t,” insisted Jewell.

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“Just because you’ve got a bit of money, when you go in to ask after a player, the price suddenly goes up.

“So we have got to be strong and put a price on players that we like. I want to be prudent as well as ambitious.

“I don’t like to put a number on new signings, because things can change dramatically in this game.

“There’s money to strength the team, and it’s a long season, but we are in discussions with three or four players anyway, whether Connor was here or not.

“We need three or four new players, we are close, and hopefully we will make a signing next Tuesday.

“Hopefully by this time next week, we have at least two new players,” confirmed Jewell.

The Town boss is in the market for another striker, at least one midfielder and another centre-half.

As well as strengthening his playing squad, Jewell has also recruited Malcolm Webster as the new goalkeeping coach, initially on a short-term basis.

Webster was a stalwart of Town’s backroom staff under both Joe Royle and George Burley, before eventually teaming up with Burley again at Derby County in 2004.

“Malcolm Webster is here on a short-term contract, from month to month,” explained Jewell.

“We don’t as yet know each other, so we will have to make a decision whether we like each other or not.

“Hopefully we will, and we will then be able to extend his contract.”

Meanwhile, it was interesting to note the squad numbers worn by Town players in their first day of pre-season training ta Playford Road yesterday. These included new recruits Cresswell (no.3), Ingimarsson (No.4), Chopra (No.10) and Ellington (no. 18).

n Former Town first team coach, Tony Loughlan, has joined Watford in the same role. Loughlan left Portman Road when Roy Keane was sacked in January. Keane and Loughlan had also been together at Sunderland,

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