Reuser focused on promotion
MARTIJN Reuser is refusing to talk about any possible summer moves until after Ipswich Town have clinched promotion, writes Derek Davis.The Dutchman revealed in the EADT recently that he was fed up with being a substitute, despite his virtuoso performances, and was considering quitting the Blues, prompting interest from clubs at home and abroad.
MARTIJN Reuser is refusing to talk about any possible summer moves until after Ipswich Town have clinched promotion, writes Derek Davis.
The Dutchman revealed in the EADT recently that he was fed up with being a substitute, despite his virtuoso performances, and was considering quitting the Blues, prompting interest from clubs at home and abroad.
Dutch Eredivisie side Willem II Tilburg last night declared their hand by revealing they want Reuser to help close the gap on his former club Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. But Reuser last night dismissed all transfer talk and told the EADT: "It is an honour and a privilege to be part of this Ipswich Town side and all I want to do is focus on these next two games and then hopefully the three play-off games after that.
"I have said all I want to say on leaving and now is the time to concentrate on helping Ipswich as much as I can. I feel I can play a big part in these games coming up and the play-offs are all everyone at Ipswich is interested in."
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Willem II are seventh in the league and manager Alex de Coninck is looking to strengthen his squad to push on next season.
Although Reuser still has one more year on his contract, he is available on a free transfer and would consider moving back to the Netherlands.
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The Tilburg-based side are currently home to Northern Ireland international James Quinn, who had spells at West Bromwich Albion, Notts County, Blackpool and Birmingham, and they can count Sami Hyypia among their former stars from the seasons when they competed in Europe.
Blues boss Joe Royle will talk to Reuser in the close season and if Town are promoted will look to try to keep the midfielder, but should they not achieve their aim then getting him off the wage bill would be a big help to the budget.
Tommy Miller, with a tight hamstring, remains Town's biggest doubt ahead of Friday's game at Sheffield United, while skipper Jim Magilton and Kelvin Davis are both sure to recover from their minor injuries.
Georges Santos and Chris Bart-Williams were left out of last night's reserve side and are both in with a chance of making the 16.
Bart-Williams will get a full week's training under his belt after recovering from a back problem and could get a place on the bench.
Simon Francis could return to the Blades line-up for Friday's crucial Division One home fixture while Steve Kabba is poised to step up his return from injury in the reserves against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this afternoon.
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