WAG power hits Navas deal

WAG power hit the Blues last night as Cesar Navas' girlfriend ruled out a move to Ipswich Town for her man.Navas' close friend Pablo Counago and his Spanish girlfriend spoke highly about East Anglia, and recommended the club to the Malaga defender, but although Ipswich and Malaga had agreed a transfer fee that would eventually work out to £200,000 and Navas was keen to join, the 6ft 4in centre-half took more notice of his other half.

By Derek Davis

WAG power hit the Blues last night as Cesar Navas' girlfriend ruled out a move to Ipswich Town for her man.

Navas' close friend Pablo Counago and his Spanish girlfriend spoke highly about East Anglia, and recommended the club to the Malaga defender, but although Ipswich and Malaga had agreed a transfer fee that would eventually work out to £200,000 and Navas was keen to join, the 6ft 4in centre-half took more notice of his other half.

It is not known if she objected to the shopping in the area or just didn't fancy a new culture but, either way, the deal officially collapsed last night. Blues boss Jim Magilton said: “We weren't too far away from crossing the 't's and dotting the 'i's but his girlfriend was not keen. I don't know if it was the shops or what.”

Magilton's comments come after Sunderland manager Roy Keane recently blasted players who did not further their careers by moving because their wife or girlfriend objected to moving to places without the right shops.

It was reported on Tuesday that the Navasmove was close to collapse over personal issues and the club last night confirmed talks had broken down.

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Town chief executive Derek Bowden said: “Last Friday we seemed close to agreeing personal terms with the player, but since that time he has decided to reject our final offer so that is the end of the matter.”

Magilton will now look to strengthen his backline, although possibly not until the second week of September, when the emergency loan window opens.

He said: “We will bring in defensive cover. It would be a loan and it will be a loan from a Premier League club.”

Recalling Ian Miller from Darlington is another possibility, but Magilton is concerned that the former Bury Town defender would not get games at Portman Road and so his footballing education would suffer.

Although Miller did not start for the Quakers on Saturday, he came on and scored, and he has expressed a desire to extend his loan spell with the League Two side.

Sammy Moore has had his loan stay at Brentford extended until January after impressing manager Terry Butcher during his initial one-month stay.

Chris Casement, Michael Synnott, Liam Trotter, and Jaime Peters are available to be loaned out but there have been no takers so far.

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