Ridsdale tells Town they have no chance

CARDIFF chairman Peter Ridsdale has told Ipswich Town they have no chance of signing central defender Roger Johnson unless they break the bank.We revealed on Saturday how Town were considering making a third move for the 25-year-old centre-half after last week having a second bid turned down.

Derek Davis

CARDIFF chairman Peter Ridsdale has told Ipswich Town they have no chance of signing central defender Roger Johnson unless they break the bank.

We revealed on Saturday how Town were considering making a third move for the 25-year-old centre-half after last week having a second bid turned down.

But Ridsdale, who has also rejected offers from a Premier League club for Johnson and left-sided midfielder Joe Ledley, has called a halt to any more summer sales after seeing Aaron Ramsey go to Arsenal for £5m and Glenn Loovens join Celtic for £2.5m during the summer.


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Ridsdale said: “I have made it clear the two lads won't be leaving.

“Happily, we're in a position where we don't need to snatch at money for any of our players.

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“We got the best price available for Aaron. Glenn was out of contract next summer and wouldn't talk about a new deal, so in his case it was take the cash now or end up with nothing.”

After seeing his side slump to a second successive home league defeat, Magilton is keen to add at least a defender and an attacker before the transfer window closes at midnight on September 1.

Magilton said: “The search for quality and experience goes on. It hastens the search but I know where we are at.”

Johnson, who signed a new three-year Bluebirds deal in July, is top of Jim Magilton's wanted list and last week made an improved offer of nearly £2m for the man voted Cardiff's Player of the Year last season.

Magilton has not given up hope of singing the ex-Wycombe skipper and is now weighing up a third offer to tempt the Bluebirds.

He may even look at hijacking Charlton's move for Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus.

The manner of the 2-0 loss against Wolves has made Magilton more determined to strengthen and is trying to tie up deals with Shola Ameobi and Moritz Volz.

Ameobi has a hamstring injury, while Volz is looking for a Premier League club or a move to France or Germany.

Both could end up being loan deals and Town may even take up Roy Keane's invitation to take Irish youngster Antony Stokes on loan.

Keane is keen for the former Arsenal striker getting more game time with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United also interested.

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