Jim would love Titus back

BLUES boss Jim Magilton last night revealed he would love to see Titus Bramble back at Portman Road and confirmed he is interested in Crewe's David Vaughan.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton last night revealed he would love to see Titus Bramble back at Portman Road and confirmed he is interested in Crewe's David Vaughan.

But neither of those two players are the one Magilton hopes to bring in on loan by the end of this week.

The current target is due to be involved in a game this week and although terms have been agreed, will not make a final decision until Thursday.

The Newcastle United defender has been told his contract at St James' Park will not be renewed in the summer and the Magpies will look to sell him for about £500,000 in the January window.

Although Ipswich have not yet made a move to bring the centre-half back home yet, Magilton confirmed he would like to sign him on loan.

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He said: “If there was a possibility of signing Titus I would do it right now. He is a quality defender who is playing at Premiership level and we know all about him. So, yes, absolutely I would bring him here.

“We have not asked about him as yet, but if he is available and would like to come here, then we will be in there finding out.”

Clearly Bramble's wages, understood to be more than £20,000 a week would be a major stumbling block, but it is not unusual for a Premiership club to pay the bulk of a player's salary if they are looking to offload them, as chairman Freddie Shepherd is clearly keen to do.

Glenn Roeder might insist Bramble stays until the January window with only three other centre- halves, Moore, Ramage and Steve Taylor, to call on, so he can bring new defenders in.

It is understood former Academy star Bramble has a deep affection for Ipswich Town and would welcome a move back to Suffolk if a deal can be struck.

Left-sided player Vaughan has been linked with the Blues for some time and reports of their interest are doing the rounds once more.

Magilton said: “He is someone I like and we have watched, but Crewe are not interested in doing a deal just yet. That may change, but we now have Gary Roberts and he can do a similar job.”

One player returning to Portman Road today is Danny Haynes who has ended his five-game loan spell at Millwall with two goals and glowing reports.

With Mark Noble injured and suspended and Jon Macken doubtful with a hamstring injury for Sunday's home match with Luton, Haynes might get the chance to show what he has learnt at Millwall, his home-town club after being brought up a long kick away from The New Den.

Although the club is refusing to rule out keeper Lewis Price for the Hatters' visit, it is highly unlikely the Wales international will even be on the bench. Scans have shown he has a chipped rib bone and a bruised hip, which will be painful and restrict his movement.

Gavin Williams has returned to training with the first team after his recent groin operation and is in contention for a place in Sunday's squad.

Former Town striker Sam Parkin might not get the chance to get one over on his old team-mates after missing Luton's 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United on Saturday with an injured ankle and is unlikely to figure against Everton tonight.

Luton have been struck by a flu bug which has swept through their camp and could cause problems for tonight's cup match, and the game against Ipswich.

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