Marshall hopeful over move

ANDY Marshall is still hoping to find another club this week, even though the possibility of joining Premiership Fulham looks increasingly remote, writes Derek Davis.

ANDY Marshall is still hoping to find another club this week, even though the possibility of joining Premiership Fulham looks increasingly remote, writes Derek Davis.

Just as one door closes so another cracks open and the Blues keeper who has been frozen out at Portman Road has been told by his agent another club has entered the fray but nothing concrete has been sorted out.

Marshall said: "Unfortunately things did not work out with one club but there is now interest from another so we will see how that pans out."

Chairman David Sheepshanks last night confirmed Ipswich Town were still waiting to hear officially of another club's interest. He said: "We have heard nothing more and we are still waiting to hear further as to whether a deal for Andy is on the cards or not."


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Marshall knows he would probably have to take a pay cut to move elsewhere and I understand the club and his agent have reached broad agreement on the terms to terminate the remainder of his 10-month contract, so that would not be a stumbling block for any negotiations.

There is still an outside chance that Mark Crossley's £500,000 move to Fulham could flounder with Middlesbrough insisting the keeper can't leave until a replacement is found, although they are currently in talks with another club regarding a keeper.

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Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore warned Boro that Mike Pollitt was not for sale. Manager Steve McClaren has ruled out Peter Enckleman from Aston Villa and Ipswich have not heard from Boro either. Another Premiership club looking for a No. 2 are Portsmouth who have given a trial to Rune Pedersen.

And reports elsewhere over the weekend suggesting Reading were keen on Marshall have been dismissed by Royals boss Alan Pardew.

Town drew 1-1 with Reading on Saturday and will be looking for a better result against Third Division Kidderminster Harriers in the Carling Cup tonight.

Blues boss Joe Royle will switch to a 4-4-2 system to cater for Martijn Reuser's inclusion with Marcus Bent rested. Jermaine Wright moves into midfield while Georges Santos will drop into the back line alongside Drissa Diallo.

A crowd of around 10,000 is expected at Portman Road with an estimated 200 Harriers fans making the journey from Worcestershire.

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