Mahon could return to Town

BLUES boss Joe Royle has opened the door for Alan Mahon to return on loan and is also looking at the possibility of landing a Spurs midfielder.Classy midfielder Mahon has been told by Wigan boss Paul Jewell he can go out on a temporary basis and the EADT understands, if a deal on his wages can be done, he will come back.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Joe Royle has opened the door for Alan Mahon to return on loan and is also looking at the possibility of landing a Spurs midfielder.

Classy midfielder Mahon has been told by Wigan boss Paul Jewell he can go out on a temporary basis and the EADT understands, if a deal on his wages can be done, he will come back.

During his stint at Portman Road, while on loan from Blackburn, Mahon was a popular and successful addition.


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He scored one goal in seven starts for Town and was involved in many more goals before a knee injury sidelined him.

The Republic of Ireland international is still a regular visitor to Suffolk, where he has business interests, and would be keen to play for Ipswich once more.

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Royle would not be drawn on who his targets are, or if he was about to make a move for Mahon now that he is available, but did admit he is a player he still likes.

He said: “We are aware of the Mahon situation and he did very well for us when he was here last time and someone I have asked about in the past.”

Although Mahon started Wigan's first three Premiership games, he has not figured since, with only a League Cup appearance in September.

Royle is also well aware of the situation at Spurs where manager Martin Jol has admitted he has a surplus of midfielders and would be willing to allow a couple to go out on loan. Again, Royle was understandably keeping his cards close his chest.

“We have done our homework, and more, so we know what is happening there.”

With Ian Westlake out until at least December, Royle is looking for more energy in midfield and an experienced striker, although Adam Proudlock may fulfil that requirement.

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