TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY LATEST: Mick McCarthy says he has had no enquiries about his star players – including David McGoldrick
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has firmly quashed reports that top-goalscorer David McGoldrick may be heading to a Premier League club ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.
McGoldrick has been linked with both Swansea and Crystal Palace following his impressive form for the Blues, but McCarthy says he has no enquiries about his star players.
When asked if he could ‘knock down’ reports that Swansea had made a £4m bid for the 14-goal striker, who trained at Playford Road this morning, the Blues boss joked: “I’d want to knock it up! I’d want to up the bid if anything!
“If they are interested they haven’t been in touch with me. I can categorically say I haven’t had any discussions with Swansea (about McGoldrick) or anybody else for that matter.”
McCarthy is looking to sign a midfield replacement for Fulham-bound Ryan Tunnicliffe before tonight’s deadline, believed to be Leeds United’s Paul Green. Keeping hold of key men McGoldrick and Aaron Cresswell will be the best news for Blues fans though.
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“In all honesty I haven’t had any enquiries about them, which surprises me – I’m delighted by that,” said McCarthy, when asked if keeping hold of his most-valuable playing assets was the most important thing today.
“Tunners leaving destabilises it a bit because he’s played the majority of games and he would be playing tomorrow if he was here. I just take the view that it gives somebody else an opportunity though.”
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Asked if there was the possibility of any out-going transfers today, McCarthy said: “At the moment no. There was an enquiry about one of them, but that’s as far as it went.” The Blues boss chose not to name who the enquiry had been for or what his response had been.
One player the Blues have been linked with is Wolves striker Kevin Doyle. The EADT and Ipswich Star understands a loan bid was rebuffed by McCarthy’s former club earlier this week, the Irish striker seemingly now on his way to QPR.
“Would you think I’d even tell you if I was (interested)?” said McCarthy. “If I was interested and QPR are interested I think we know where he would go!”
Asked for his opinions on the January transfer window in general, he said: “I see it as part of the gig. I just learn to live with it. I don’t get wrapped up in all that whinging about transfer windows. It is what it is. If they do change it, do you know what? I’ll learn to live with that too. I’m not bothered.
“The growth of the media has meant it’s become more open and apparent what’s going on since I started at Millwall in 1992. It’s changed and I like to think I’ve changed and evolved with it. That’s just the way it is. It doesn’t affect me.”