Spanish keeper to join Town on tour

SPANISH keeper Javier Sanchez Broto will join Ipswich Town today on a trial basis and will accompany them on their pre-season tour to Scandinavia on Wednesday, writes Derek Davis.

SPANISH keeper Javier Sanchez Broto will join Ipswich Town today on a trial basis and will accompany them on their pre-season tour to Scandinavia on Wednesday, writes Derek Davis.

Blues boss Joe Royle wants to take a close look at the 30-year-old, who has been released by Celtic.

The EADT revealed last month that Town were monitoring Broto's situation and the former Livingston and Airdrie keeper will hope to impress Ipswich and to join the promotion hopefuls.

Broto began his career in Spain with Castellon and also played for Villareal, Real Zaragoza and Malaga, with whom he won the Spanish Cup, before moving to Scotland.

Royle will have enough goalkeepers to form their own seven-a-side team after failing to move either of his senior shot-stoppers over the weekend.

Matteo Sereni's move to Lazio has hit a stumbling block after the keeper refused to take a 50% pay cut.

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The two clubs have struck a deal between themselves and had hoped Sereni would agree personal terms and take a medical over the weekend but instead he spent time with his family in Sardinia.

Sereni is not happy at having to drop from £30,000 a week gross to £15,000 gross, of which his agent gets a third, leaving him with £520,000 per annum before tax.

The Italian keeper was recently awarded £500,000 owed to him by Sampdoria after an industrial tribunal in Italy ruled in his favour.

The Blues' club record buy at £4.8m, who has made it clear he wants to return to Serie A, was booked on a flight into Stansted last night and is due to train with his Ipswich Town team-mates today.

Town are hopeful Stoke City will this week make a move for Andy Marshall, who is available on a free transfer.

But his £15,000-a-week wages are proving a stumbling block for City boss Tony Pulis, even though the club have had a decent injection of cash in the past few days.

Marshall played for Pulis when he went on loan to Gillingham in 1997 and played five games during a loan spell away from Norwich City and the pair have a lot of mutual respect.

Pulis has been given the funds to strengthen his squad and the club's Director of Football has been working on a package to present to Marshall.

The Potters have been given a large cash injection recently and the board have released £1m loan stock to help fund the new season.

They sold midfielder James O'Connor to West Bromwich Albion for £500,000 and have agreed to allow Sergei Shtaniuk to return to Moscow in a £300,000 move.

City are short in the shot-stopper area with young keeper Ben Foster out for six months with a cruciate injury picked up while playing tennis.

Jani Viander, who has been largely unused in the 12 months he has been at the Britannia Stadium, is on trial with De Graafschap and could join the Dutch side permanently today.

Meanwhile, Coventry City have not taken former Charlton and Middlesbrough keeper Ben Roberts after a trial but even though they have been linked with Marshall it is unlikely they could afford his wages.

Royle was last night philosophical about not yet moving the pair on and insisted Lewis Price would still be the No. 1 on the pre-season Scandinavian tour. James Pullen is available on a free transfer.

Youth-teamer Scott Peat and Shane Suple have also been under Malcolm Webster's tutelage on the professional coaching course in Staffordshire.

n Blues boss Joe Royle led the teams out at Boundary Park on Saturday as Oldham Athletic staged an All-Star game to help the club who are in dire financial straits. A survival package is hoped to be signed today to ensure the club stays alive.

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