Magilton still has his eyes open
JIM Magilton has admitted he could still add to his squad before the transfer window closes tomorrow. But the Blues boss concedes he can only do that if he can off-load players or if Darren Bent is sold today.
By Derek Davis
JIM Magilton has admitted he could still add to his squad before the transfer window closes tomorrow.
But the Blues boss concedes he can only do that if he can off-load players or if Darren Bent is sold today.
With a 20% sell-on clause for anything over £3m, when West Ham were reported to be prepared to splash out £17m on the former Ipswich striker the possibility of Town collecting £2.8m if that deal went through would have made Magilton a happy bunny.
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But last night Charlton said that Bent would not be leaving The Valley, which seems to have ended that speculation.
So Magilton may have to rely on either Brighton or Millwall paying the £50k being asked for Darren Currie, while sending a couple more players out on loan.
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Martin Brittain is expected to return to Yeovil on loan today while Falkirk still want Sammy Moore, although he is struggling with the flu and is unlikely to move anywhere just yet.
Magilton said: “If we get a few quid in we may get someone else in, although I'm happy with what I have got. If Darren is sold or if Benty goes for £15m then that would give us money and we have targets in mind that we would like to bring to the club.
“Brighton have made an inquiry for Darren and Dean Bowditch but no more than that and we are still looking for a fee for him.”
Although Simon Walton was at Portman Road to see Town beat Swansea on Saturday prompting rumours of a return, Magilton played that down.
He said: “He had a free Saturday and gets on well with the lads. If he were available we could take him on loan but at the moment we have not asked Charlton about him.”
Town have yet to decide on whether to risk Alan Lee tonight after he struggled with a hamstring injury, believed to be caused by old scar tissue.
Magilton said: “Alan played on the Saturday and was stiff going into the Crewe game then pulled his hamstring so we will monitor it closely, although I imagine he would want to play as he is scoring goals.”
Although Reading are keen on defender Michael Duberry, no deal will be done before tonight's game and he will anchor the defence.
Stoke are still hoping to sign Lee Hendrie from Aston Villa before tomorrow's deadline while former on-loan Town striker Ricardo Fuller will spearhead the attack.
Magilton said: “Stoke have been very strong and the loan signings have catapulted them up the table. They are a very solid side, strong at home who are defensively tight and in Ricardo Fuller and Mamady Sidibe they have a front two as good as any in this division.
“They will come at us so we have to withstand that and go back at them with a little bit more.
“But we have pace in midfield now and a striker who can hit them on the break so I fancy our chances there.”