Town enquire about striker Adebola

BLUES boss Jim Magilton has enquired about Coventry City striker Dele Adebola and is hoping Fulham midfielder Sylvain Legwinski will today accept a deal to sign for Ipswich.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton has enquired about Coventry City striker Dele Adebola and is hoping Fulham midfielder Sylvain Legwinski will today accept a deal to sign for Ipswich.

Magilton is also keen to extend Charlton midfielder Simon Walton's loan spell with Ipswich Town Blues to three months from the current 30-day spell.

It promises to be a busy three days for Magilton, after he spoke to Sky Blues boss Micky Adams, who is keen to sign an Ipswich player in return for the 31-year-old Adebola.


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City have just secured Kevin Kyle from Sunderland, putting Adebola's place in jeopardy although Leeds United are also keen on the former Crewe, Birmingham and Crystal Palace, striker, although with the number of strikers in their squad, he may prefer his chances at Portman Road.

Magilton said: “Dele is a player we would like at Ipswich. I have spoken to Micky Adams and we will talk again. The chance of getting Dele came up when Micky was asking about taking one of our players, but nothing has moved on from that.

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“I'm not keen to lose anyone else from my squad and the only people who do go will be for the benefit of our squad.”

The Blues boss is hoping to hear back from French midfielder Legwinski, who has been offered a deal by Ipswich.

Magilton said: “We liked what we saw and we made Sylvain an offer and he went away over the weekend to think it over with his advisors. He is an excellent player with the experience and quality that we could use.”

The former Monaco and Bordeaux defensive minded player cost the Cottagers £3.3m back in the summer of 2001 and went on to play 128 league games for the London side, scoring eight goals, before his contract expired this summer.

Less likely to be arriving before Thursday are Jon Macken or Stephen Ward. Town were knocked back in their bid to get Macken on loan from Crystal Palace, although that could still change.

Magilton said: “We asked place about Jon and were told he is still part of their squad and not available. If he were to become available, either before Thursday or on loan after that, then we would be interested.”

Bohemians striker Ward was watched by Blues chief scout Steve McCall over the weekend but Magilton is unlikely to make a move for the 21-year-old before the deadline.

He said: “Everyone is on the lookout for another Kevin Doyle and we have had Ward watched. We are monitoring the situation at the moment.”

Magilton is keen to keep 18-year-old Walton, who scored Town's equaliser from the spot on Friday at QPR in the 3-1 win.

Magilton said: “I will be speaking to (Charlton manager) Iain Dowie about Simon.

“He has fitted in extremely well and we would like to keep him as long as possible, although we would probably only be allowed the extra couple of months.”

Ipswich Town reserves will play Colchester United's second string at the Playford Road training ground today at 2pm.

The Blues now play in the Pontins Combination League and fewer reserve games will be played at Portman Road this season.

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