Town target to talk to Bluebirds

JASON De Vos will today hold further talks with Cardiff City after listening to what Ipswich Town had to offer.The 30-year-old Canadian international spent most of yesterday in talks with Town bosses and looking around the facilities.

JASON De Vos will today hold further talks with Cardiff City after listening to what Ipswich Town had to offer, writes Derek Davis.

The 30-year-old Canadian international spent most of yesterday in talks with Town bosses and looking around the facilities.

He had an initial medical in the afternoon but last night decided he still wanted to look around the Welsh club.

Blues boss Joe Royle is hopeful he will win the central defender's signature ahead of Division One rivals Bluebirds and Stoke City, who are also keen on him.


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Royle, who is due to jet off to start his summer break today, said: “I have done all I can, now it is up to Jason to decide. He has asked for 24 hours and will let us know.”

Town are keen to secure a central defender and a striker for the new season. Matt Elliott has returned to Leicester City and John McGreal has not yet agreed the new deal offered on Monday. The Blues also have Georges Santos and Drissa Diallo, while Richard Naylor can be used in defence or attack. Coming through are Aidan Collins and Gerard Nash but Royle has made it clear an experienced player such as De Vos is a priority.

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De Vos was offered a two-year deal by Wigan in February but after a dip in form it was withdrawn and replaced with a one-year offer.

He held talks with Lennie Lawrence in London two weeks ago but will now look around Ninian Park and meet Sam Hamman to hear what Cardiff have to say.

De Vos wants to sign a new deal before tomorrow when he meets up with the Canadian squad for their friendly against Wales on Sunday in Wrexham.

The party then fly to Canada on Monday before a friendly against manager Frank Yallop's old club San Jose Earthquake on June 5.

They face Belize home and away in their World Cup preliminary qualifiers on June 13 and 16, and De Vos would be expected back a fortnight later for Ipswich's pre-season training if he signs for the Blues. If the Canucks are as successful as expected De Vos, who has scored three international goals and won 43 caps, would then be involved in the qualifying group stages with Canada and could miss as many as 10 early-season Town games.

The group games will be held on August 18, September 4 and September 8, followed by fixtures on October 9 and October 13 and then November 17.

That doesn't include any friendlies that could be arranged before and after.

Royle admitted: “It is not ideal but Jason is a fit boy. He missed the beginning of last season with injury so he has not had too much football this season.”

The Ontario-born 6ft 4ins defender broke two bones in a foot while at Dundee then fractured the same foot last season.

De Vos came to England from Montreal Impact in 1996 and joined Darlington before moving to Dundee 14 months later for £400,000.

Wigan paid £500,000 for him in August 2001 but he is now available on a Bosman.

* The deadline for Town season tickets discount ends on Friday and the club have already received around 9,000 applications.

Supporters are warned that due to a back-log in processing the applications they may have to wait a couple of weeks before they get their season tickets but all applications have been date-stamped so they don't miss out on the discounted price.

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