Striker Sam's soap opera dragging on

THE soap opera that is Sam Parkin's departure continues and like his counterparts at Preston and Luton, Jim Magilton is losing patience.Magilton said: “It is like Dallas - it is unbelievable.

By Derek Davis

THE soap opera that is Sam Parkin's departure continues and like his counterparts at Preston and Luton, Jim Magilton is losing patience.

Magilton said: “It is like Dallas - it is unbelievable. The situation with Sam is rolling on but I want it to be sorted this weekend. Although I have money to use now I need to know if we will have that available too.

“Preston and Luton have made bids and have been accepted. Deals have been offered to Sam so now it is down to Sam, although I can't see him staying here now.”

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Although Magilton is striving to bring in at least one more player before the transfer deadline - and it could be a many as three - it would be too late to register a new player for tonight's game at QPR.

Magilton is in talks with Fulham midfielder Sylvain Legwinski after the midfielder impressed in a behind-closed doors match on Wednesday, but the Blues boss' priority remains getting in a central defender and a striker and efforts are continuing in that direction.

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Town go to Loftus Road tonight without Nicky Forster, who has torn a muscle on the inside of a thigh, and Shane Supple will be given a late test on a wrist injury.

But if Supple does not make the bench then Magilton will not be calling on goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes.

It is more likely that Richard Naylor or Fabian Wilnis will be handed the gloves if Lewis Price gets injured.

Losing at Peterborough will be used to further motivate the team as Magilton looks to accentuate the positives from that match, and the draw at home to Hull City last weekend.

Magilton said: “Going out at Peterborough dented the players' pride and I expect us to go on from that game and the Hull match and go forward.

“I know the manager and assistant very well and like myself they are both new in this management game.

“It is important that we stay positive and I expect the lads to be positive too.”

Ipswich will be wearing a black away kit for the game at Loftus Road so as not to clash with QPR's blue and white hoops and will wear the same strip again for the Friday night match against Colchester United, at Layer Road on September 29.

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