‘Can we get a loan or it might be a free agent’ – McCarthy on transfer plans
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has refused to rule out key men Bartosz Bialkowski and David McGoldrick being sold this January transfer window and admits he may be restricted to loans or free transfers when it comes to strengthening a thin-on-the-ground squad.
McCarthy has confirmed that Bialkowski is on a list of goalkeepers that Premier League club Crystal Palace are interested in, with national reports suggesting the Blues have put a £4m price tag on his head.
And the Blues boss admits that the club may have to take a ‘long-term’ view on striker McGoldrick, a player now in the final few months of his contract, self-admittedly facing a ‘massive decision’ on his future and reportedly wanted by Championship rivals Cardiff and Birmingham for a ‘small fee’ now rather than a Bosman free in the summer.
Meanwhile, McCarthy also confirmed that striker Kieffer Moore – who scored 13 goals on loan for League One club Rotherham in the first half of the season – will be sold as his ‘head is elsewhere’.
A host of second-tier clubs have been chasing the 25-year-old’s signature, but Championship side Barnsley are understood to be leading the chase for a reported £750k fee.
“We’ve spoken about replacements, of course,” said McCarthy, who has no fewer than 18 players unavailable through injury, suspension, ineligibility or being out on loan ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s FA Cup third round tie against Sheffield United at Portman Road.
“Kieffer’s not kicked a ball for us this season, so he’s hardly one we need to replace – that’s not something that would be a panic job.
“But Bart and Didzy (McGoldrick) is another matter – goodness knows that would be a real blow.
“None of us are wanting to lose them but I can’t do anything about it or do anything about you asking me. If somebody comes in then it will be discussed and decided.”
Pressed on whether he would receive any transfer fees received to reinvest in transfer fees himself, McCarthy said: “You can keep asking me all you like about the money... It’s not an easy window this, I don’t think, because anyone for sale is generally more expensive.”
Admitting he has spoken to Brighton boss Chris Hughton about the possibility of revisiting a loan move for centre-back Connor Goldson, he added: “We are always looking, just in case, at replacements just in case of long-term injury or anyone leaving.
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“I would have to get a player in, however that may be. If somebody leaves it’s ‘can we get anybody in to help us out in terms of loans’ or it might be a free agent, who knows, because there are still a few of them.”
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