Town left to sweat over Jeffers deal

JIM Magilton will have to wait at least 10 days before finding out if he can secure Francis Jeffers on a permanent deal.Blues chairman David Sheepshanks last night revealed to the EADT that he had made a firm approach to Blackburn Rovers to sign the striker who struck his fourth Town goal in nine appearances in the 3-1 win over Cardiff City yesterday.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton will have to wait at least 10 days before finding out if he can secure Francis Jeffers on a permanent deal.

Blues chairman David Sheepshanks last night revealed to the EADT that he had made a firm approach to Blackburn Rovers to sign the striker who struck his fourth Town goal in nine appearances in the 3-1 win over Cardiff City yesterday.

Sheepshanks said: “We have been told a decision on Francis Jeffers' future will not be decided until after Blackburn's season is finished.”


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The Blues do not even know how much Rovers will want for the 26-year-old striker who, despite being tracked by Derby County among other clubs, has said he would favour a move to Portman Road if Blackburn make him available.

The sticking point would be the size of the transfer fee demanded even if Mark Hughes decides Jeffers is not part of his plans, although Rovers have qualified for Europe once again.

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The EADT also understands that if Jeffers is not secured then Magilton will try and sign Leeds and Northern Ireland striker David Healy, but again faces stiff competition from a number of clubs.

It will be a similar scenario with Richard Wright, who becomes a free agent next week after Everton's last match.

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