Magilton: Just not good enough

IPSWICH Town are refusing to sell Sam Parkin on the cheap and insist they are only interested in hard cash for the Blues striker.Brighton have spoken to Ipswich Town about Parkin but...

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town are refusing to sell Sam Parkin on the cheap and insist they are only interested in hard cash for the Blues striker.

Brighton have spoken to Ipswich Town about Parkin but have not yet put a bid in, although it is unlikely the League One club could match the Blues' valuation, believed to be in the region of £450,000.

The Seagulls, and other interested parties may consider a player plus cash bid but could be disappointed. Parkin went on as a late substitute in Town's 1-0 loss against Wolves at Molineux last night.

Blues chief executive Derek Bowden last night told the EADT: “There has been an inquiry from Brighton about Parkin but no offer. We are under no pressure to sell and would probably not be interested in a player swap but rather a cash deal if a club came up with the right offer.”

The EADT revealed on Monday how Coventry had made a bid for Parkin which Town turned down.

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Micky Adams has subsequently said the deal is dead and have since signed Adam Virgo, a former Brighton player, from Celtic. The clubs have since been in contact again about Parkin and the Sky Blues could yet make a fresh approach, although they will clearly face some competition.

Brighton boss Mark McGhee declared his hand when he admitted: “Sam Parkin has been on our list for some time. He had an injury last season and didn't figure much.

"I had Sam on loan at Millwall before he went to Swindon so I have known him a long time. He could certainly do a job for us in this division but at the moment there is no certainty in it at all.” Even if Town were to accept an offer for Parkin it is not definite he would accept a move away and he is convinced Town fans have not seen the best of him yet.

Manager Jim Magilton is today expected to run the rule over trialist Michael Brittain who played for Newcastle United in four UEFA Cup matches and in FA Cup and a League Cup games.

Magilton described last night's performance as: “Just not good enough. It was not good enough for me and it should not be good enough for the players who have the honour of wearing that shirt.”

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