Noble could be joined by another signing

MARK Noble will sign for Ipswich Town on Friday and could be joined by at least one more player from the Premiership this week.The West Ham midfielder has already arrived at Portman Road, and with the blessing of his mother, will train with the Blues this week, but won't sign until the last moment to ensure he plays the maximum amount of games he can in his loan period.

By Derek Davis

MARK Noble will sign for Ipswich Town on Friday and could be joined by at least one more player from the Premiership this week.

The West Ham midfielder has already arrived at Portman Road, and with the blessing of his mother, will train with the Blues this week, but won't sign until the last moment to ensure he plays the maximum amount of games he can in his loan period.

The 19-year-old will then put pen to paper before midday on Friday and make his Blues debut against Hull City on Saturday.


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The deal is ostensibly for a three-month period but clubs can recall players after an initial month. Town manager Jim Magilton is working hard to bring in more reinforcements to his squad after defeats in his team's opening three matches.

Alex Bruce has signed from Birmingham City, while Dan Harding has made the move from Leeds United and both are on three-year contracts.

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Magilton has a war chest of around £1m to use after the club's share issue raised around £700,000 and Leeds paid an initial £400,000 in the Ian Westlake deal.

He is in talks with at least two clubs about bringing in another loanee.

Town entertain Phil Parkinson's Hull City on Saturday, who, like Ipswich, have not picked up a point in three attempts.

Alan Lee is struggling with a back injury after coming off injured in the 3-1 defeat by Leicester City on Saturday.

Lee withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad that is playing a friendly tomorrow night, but the problem is not thought to be serious.

Keeper Lewis Price is in the Wales Under-21 squad that plays Israel in Holland tonight.

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