Prague visit for Town duo

IPSWICH Town's hunt for a new centre-half has been widened to the Czech Republic.First team coach Bryan Klug and chief scout Steve McCall are due to fly to Prague this week to check out an international defender who has been recommended to them.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town's hunt for a new centre-half has been widened to the Czech Republic.

First team coach Bryan Klug and chief scout Steve McCall are due to fly to Prague this week to check out an international defender who has been recommended to them.

Although they have Fabian Wilnis as cover for Jason De Vos and Alex Bruce, Town are keen to recruit another central defender after losing Richard Naylor for a predicted three months due to a toe injury.

Town are known to be interested in signing Malaga centre half Cesar Navas after he impressed while on a brief trial at Portman Road and have been eyeing another couple of Premiership defenders.

West Ham's Callum Davenport is understood to be one Town have looked at, although it is more likely that he will return to Norwich City after being on loan at Carrow Road last season.

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It is unlikely a new player will be signed by the weekend, although Town have secured Alan Lee on an extended contract, which he signed last night.

Lee could well be up against his old temporary team-mate Francis Jeffers on Saturday, with the Owls expecting to sign the Blackburn Rovers striker today.

The Owls need to have the new man on board by the weekend with Deon Burton struggling with a knee injury, although they will have Chris Brunt who does not start a three-match ban until after Saturday's match.

Matt Richards and Gary Roberts are included in the Ipswich Town XI to face Dartford tonight.

The duo are vying for the left side of midfield place available after Gavin Williams was ruled out of the start of the season with an ankle injury.

Williams is scheduled to have an MRI scan tomorrow, if the swelling goes down sufficiently.

Sylvain Legwinski takes another step towards full match fitness with a run out but while he is expected to make the squad for the game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, it is doubtful he will start at Portman Road.

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