Live coverage of transfer deadline day for Ipswich Town and Colchester United

Portman Road

Portman Road - Credit: Mike Page

The transfer window ‘slams shut’ at 11pm tonight with Ipswich Town hoping to sign a centre-back and Colchester United after a defender and front man. Blues reporter Stuart Watson and U’s scribe Carl Marston are hosting live coverage of what’s happening at Portman Road and The Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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All three of Town’s senior centre-backs are sidelined with medium-term injuries – Luke Chambers (ankle), Adam Webster (ankle) and Tommy Smith (hamstring) – leaving Mick McCarthy searching for some temporary cover.

A back four consisting of four full-backs – Dominic Iorfa, Jordan Spence, Jonas Knudsen and Myles Kenlock – did superbly in the 2-0 home win over Brentford, but were part of a whole team which struggled in the 2-0 home loss to Fulham last weekend.

Following this weekend’s first international break, Town return to action with a trip to QPR on Saturday, September 9. That is the first of six games in September, with matches against Derby (a), Bolton (h), Leeds (a), Sunderland (h) and Bristol City (h) coming before the second international break.

Tom Adeyemi and Luke Hyam recently made their returns to action in the Under-23s, but fellow midfielders Emyr Huws (Achilles), Teddy Bishop (groin) and Andre Dozzell (knee) are longer-term absentees.

Meanwhile, John McGreal is looking to add at least two players to his U’s squad, despite Saturday’s 5-1 home win over Forest Green Rovers.

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