Jim swoops to sign Scotland keeper
JIM Magilton has swooped to make his second summer signing by securing Scotland keeper Neil Alexander.Barring any problems with his medical the 29-year-old free agent will put pen to paper later today after agreeing terms with the Blues.
By Derek Davis
JIM Magilton has swooped to make his second summer signing by securing Scotland keeper Neil Alexander.
Barring any problems with his medical the 29-year-old free agent will put pen to paper later today after agreeing terms with the Blues.
The capture of the experienced keeper, who Cardiff City wanted to keep but could not agree personal terms with, is seen as significantly strengthening the Blues defence after missing out on Richard Wright, who rejected a Blues offer and signed for West Ham.
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It will also mean the highly-rated Lewis Price will leave Portman Road, with the club receiving at least one firm enquiry for the Wales goalie.
Price said in May that he would reluctantly look to leave Portman Road if it became clear he was not going to be first choice and that he was keen to keep his international hopes with Wales alive.
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Manager Jim Magilton has always accepted he would lose Price or Shane Supple if he brought in a senior keeper, but the coaching staff believe Town's defence will benefit by having a more experienced head commanding the area.
Edinburgh-born Alexander made more than 200 league appearances for the Bluebirds after joining them from Livingston in a £200,000 switch in May 2001.
Alexander has won three senior Scotland caps and made his international debut under Walter Smith against Switzerland in 2006. He started against Bulgaria and kept a clean sheet against Japan.
The 6ft 1in keeper started his career at Stenhousemuir before helping Livingston win promotion to the SPL before he was signed by Cardiff.
Alexander impressed in games against Ipswich and Colchester United last season, keeping a clean sheet at Ninian Park against the U's in December but conceding two against Town a week later in a 2-2 draw.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town have dismissed Sunday newspaper reports that Birmingham City have made a move for Town forward Danny Haynes.