Royle hoping not to be disrupted
WHILE the transfer activity hots up around the country, East Anglia is being ignored for the moment.Ipswich Town are still hoping to shift a couple of big earners off the wage bill this week before the window closes on Friday.
WHILE the transfer activity hots up around the country, East Anglia is being ignored for the moment.
Ipswich Town are still hoping to shift a couple of big earners off the wage bill this week before the window closes on Friday.
But Blues boss Joe Royle will be hoping no-one comes in to disrupt the side he is forging together towards the play-off places.
Finidi George and Martijn Reuser are two quality players who have been handed a free transfer and could attract interest from the top-flight or abroad. They would need to complete the move before the weekend but could still go to a Nationwide League side after that.
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Newcastle are known to be tracking Darren Ambrose, while Marcus Bent has been linked with a couple of Premiership clubs, although Ipswich have not had any offers.
Royle last night said: "Nothing has changed over the weekend, we have not heard anything about our players."
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The £1.5m for Jamie Clapham will help ease Town's financial concerns, although selling another player would help considerably.
That may not suit Royle or the supporters, who have a genuine belief that Town can go up via the play-offs and need the top players.
Norwich City were also hoping to sell at least one player to ease their financial worries but no-one has shown an interest in defender Darren Kenton, who is out of contract in the summer and was widely tipped in Norfolk to get a move.
Unsettled Paul McVeigh was led to believe he may be attractive to a Premiership club but the harsh reality is an absence of enquiries.
Ipswich are also planning for the future with their Scottish scouts tracking Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Dennis Wyness.
Royle added: "We are aware of him but he is not on our list of priorities. We are not in a position to bring someone in."
Royle is expecting a full-strength squad for Saturday's trip to Bradford City.
Chris Makin, Tommy Miller and Richard Naylor all sat out training yesterday afternoon but will be available for the weekend.
John McGreal continues to make good progress after ligament damage but there are still concerns over Mark Venus' knee.
Lee Beevers and Steve Burton, who were both told last week they could find new clubs, have joined Boston United and Yeovil respectively on a trial basis.