Leeds forward Noel Hunt set to sign, potentially ending Ipswich’s interest in Chelsea’s John Swift

Leeds United forward Noel Hunt (right)

Leeds United forward Noel Hunt (right) - Credit: PA

Ipswich Town will sign out-of-favour Leeds United forward Noel Hunt ahead of tomorrow’s 5pm ‘emergency’ loan.

The 31-year-old – brother of Blues winger Stephen Hunt – hasn’t featured for his Yorkshire employers since coming on as a sub in a League Cup win over Accrington Stanley back on August 12.

Able to operate in the No.10 role, the former Reading man will arrive as cover for the injured duo of Jonny Williams (thigh) and Kevin Bru (ankle) – both of whom were ruled out for up to a month recently.

The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that Hunt’s arrival could see the Blues’ interest in Chelsea youngster John Swift end. The 19-year-old – who started the season on loan at Rotherham – has been training with Town this week with a loan switch in mind, but that situation may now have changed.

Meanwhile, versatile Irish defender Sean St Ledger is set to sign a short-term deal as a free agent after featuring for the club’s Under-21s on Monday night. The 37-cap player has been without a club since being released by Leicester in the summer.


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Able to operate anywhere across the back four, the former Peterborough and Preston player will act as cover for a variety of positions.

Free agents can sign at any time, but the deal would have to be done by 12pm on Friday if he was to feature in Saturday’s televised match at Charlton (12.15pm). Christophe Berra is suspended for that match, while Tyrone Mings (dead leg) is a doubt.

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