Waghorn replacement lined up – but Hurst won’t comment on Jackson

Ipswich Town are one of several clubs interested in Accrington Stanley striker Kayden Jackson (left)

Ipswich Town are one of several clubs interested in Accrington Stanley striker Kayden Jackson (left). Photo: Pagepix - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Pagepix

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says he ready to move quickly on signing a replacement for Martyn Waghorn should that be necessary, but refused to say whether Accrington Stanley striker Kayden Jackson has been lined up.

The Blues are waiting for Middlesbrough, Derby or Sheffield United to meet their £8m valuation of Waghorn.

That could free up Town to move for Jackson. The 24-year-old bagged 16 goals for the League Two champions last season and is understood to have a £1.25m price tag on his head.

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Town have recently done business with Accrington to sign versatile defender Janoi Donacien on loan with view to a permanent £750k switch.

“I obviously know the player,” said Hurst, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Championship opener against Blackburn Rovers at Portman Road.

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“I worked with him when I was at Grimsby, he was on loan from Barnsley at the time, but I’m not going to add to that.”

Quizzed if Waghorn replacements are lined up, Hurst replied: “Pretty much. A lot of things have been bubbling along for a long time.

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“I’ll be glad when September comes along and I know exactly what squad I’ll working with.

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“If anyone’s here that didn’t want to be here, tough, they are here. If we’ve missed out on players then that’s tough on me. You get on with it.”

Asked if he’d advised owner Marcus Evans on the maximum Town should pay for certain players, Hurst said: “We’ve had those sort of conversations. I’ve said ‘I think we’d be better served doing this’ or ‘we’d be better not accepting that’.

“Ultimately, I guess the final decision will be with him. But at the same time I don’t expect a final decision ever to be not what I’m happy and comfortable with.

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“We’re learning how to work with each other. Each club is different. This is different to what I’ve been used to at my previous clubs.

“We certainly won’t be signing a player I don’t want to be at the football club and I’m trying to demonstrate already that I am with him in terms of not wanting us to spend silly money on players.

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“The fact it’s not my money doesn’t mean I won’t respect that and just say ‘sign him, it doesn’t matter what it takes’. I want us to get value for money myself.”

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