Jim poised to make third new signing

AFTER missing out on a ball-winning midfielder over the weekend Blues boss Jim Magilton moved swiftly to bring in Tommy Miller for his third spell at Ipswich Town.

By Derek Davis

AFTER missing out on a ball-winning midfielder over the weekend Blues boss Jim Magilton moved swiftly to bring in Tommy Miller for his third spell at Ipswich Town.

Magilton had hoped to sign another midfielder from a Championship club and thought a deal was close to being struck on Friday but when it fell through he snapped up Miller, who he had already held talks with.

Miller is expected to complete the second part of his medical this morning and sign as a free agent this afternoon.

The former Hartlepool and Sunderland midfielder rejected a number of clubs, including Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday, Hearts and Steaua Bucharest, to join the Blues two years after leaving for the Stadium of Light.

He will be Town's third signing after Pablo Counago and Neil Alexander.

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Counago and Miller's arrival means Magilton could start the season with five of the players that ended the 2005 campaign with play-off defeat by West Ham, with Jason De Vos, Fabian Wilnis and Matt Richards still at Portman Road.

The Scotland keeper's arrival means 22-year-old Lewis Price will probably pursue his career elsewhere.

Magilton said: “We have had inquiries for Lewis but no concrete offers. I'm sure people will pursue him now given that we have a top-class keeper in.”

No inquiries have yet been made for Shane Supple, who is expected to stay as cover for Alexander.

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