Obstacle to Unsworth move

WAGES appear to be the biggest stumbling block in Ipswich Town's efforts to land transfer target David Unsworth.The Porstmouth defender, who had a 16-game loan spell at Portman Road last season, is one of two defenders short-listed by Town boss Joe Royle, and a club spokesman hinted yesterday that there may be movement before the weekend on the other target.

WAGES appear to be the biggest stumbling block in Ipswich Town's efforts to land transfer target David Unsworth.

The Porstmouth defender, who had a 16-game loan spell at Portman Road last season, is one of two defenders short-listed by Town boss Joe Royle, and a club spokesman hinted yesterday that there may be movement before the weekend on the other target.

As for Unsworth, Royle said yesterday: "Our chairman is speaking to Porstmouth's chief executive, but as things stand it will need a big change in the situation if David is going to be joining us."

Unsworth has a year left on his contract at Fratton Park, and is unlikely to want to take too much of a wage drop to come to Suffolk.


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As London celebrated winning the chance to host the 2012 Olympics yesterday, Town chief executive Derek Bowden said he hoped the organisers would consider using Portman Road as a venue.

Most of the facilities will be in East London, just down the A12 from Suffolk, and having already hosted a full England international when Croatia were beaten 3-1 two years ago, Bowden said the club would make the stadium available.

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"It was a great honour to host a full England international in 2003 and that proved a real success and to be a part of the Olympic set-up would be a huge bonus for the club and the people of Ipswich."

n Just over 9,000 tickets have been sold for the friendly match with Scottish champions Glasgow Rangers at Portman Road on Tuesday, July 19. The Scottish club have sold 4,000 of their allocation, and have been sent an additional 3, 000, giving them the entire Greene King Stand.

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