Ipswich turn down Hull's bid for Lee
IPSWICH Town have turned down a bid for Alan Lee from Hull City.The Tigers were rebuffed by the Blues, who have made it clear they want to keep last season's top scorer and see Lee as a valuable member of Jim Magilton's promotion challenge.
By Derek Davis
IPSWICH Town have turned down a bid for Alan Lee from Hull City.
The Tigers were rebuffed by the Blues, who have made it clear they want to keep last season's top scorer and see Lee as a valuable member of Jim Magilton's promotion challenge.
Town chairman David Sheepshanks last night said: “Hull City made an offer for Alan and we told them we are not prepared to sell him. We want to keep Alan and that is the end of it as we see him as a valuable member of the team.”
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Hull, who were recently the subject of a £10million takeover by a consortium that includes Essex property developer Russell Bartlett, have been busy in the transfer market and are chasing unsettled Colchester United defender Wayne Brown.
New manager Phil Brown has been an admirer of Lee for some time and after failing to land Brazilian midfielder Juninho may be preparing to make an improved offer of around £500,000 for the Republic of Ireland striker but it still not expected to be enough to shake the Blues' resolve.
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But Lee, who scored twice in the 3-0 friendly win over Burton Albion this week, has made it clear he is not looking to leave Portman Road.
Even though he only has one year left on his current contract, Lee said in May that he did not have an agent and had no intention of getting one.