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Mick McCarthy ‘hoping’ he doesn’t receive any bids for his best players before the transfer window shuts

PUBLISHED: 15:09 28 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:16 28 August 2014

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is ‘hoping’ he doesn’t receive any bids for his best players before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.

The Blues boss has just 16 senior outfield players available for Saturday’s game at Derby County, with Conor Sammon ineligible to face his parent club, Cameron Stewart and Stephen Hunt still sidelined and Paul Taylor, Anthony Wordsworth, Jack Marriott and Freddie Veseli all out on loan.

Centre-back Tommy Smith has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace in the national media this morning though, with Neil Warnock having just taken the manager’s job at the Premier League club.

And McCarthy was cryptic with his comments when asked if there was likely to be any movement at Portman Road ahead of the window closing at the start of next week. He said: “I don’t know, maybe. If somebody came in it would probably be a loan. I’m just hoping it will be nobody out because if the phone rings I guess it will come down to what people perceive to be our best players. I don’t want to lose anybody else.”

Asked if he had received any bids for his players, he replied: “No, not directly, not at all. There’s always talk all the time about everybody’s players, but nobody’s rung me up and said I want to do ‘X’.”

On free agent midfield duo Jack Collison and Darren Ambrose, both of who have been training with the squad, he said: “They are still here and they’ll play on Monday in the Under-21s game at Portman Road.”

On injured wingers Hunt (calf) and Stewart (jaw), he said: “Hunty’s been out and trained today, but he’s not fit to play yet. Cameron’s still working towards that initial six weeks. I hope they’ll both be available for after the international break. I’ve said to them both that has to be their target to be ready for those games.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for all the latest Blues news.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

ANDY WARREN takes a look at the changes made by Paul Lambert since his appointment as Ipswich Town manager.

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