Two clubs in the hunt for Marshall

A SECOND keeper could be on his way out of Ipswich Town within the next 10 days.

A SECOND keeper could be on his way out of Ipswich Town within the next 10 days, writes Derek Davis.

Andy Marshall last night admitted other clubs had joined Stoke City in showing interest in signing him after being told he can leave on a free transfer.

He could well follow Matteo Sereni out of the Portman Road exit door after Lazio made a move to take the Italian keeper.

A deal is close to being struck between Town and the Serie A club, although Sereni last night told me he is still resigned to being on the club's pre-season trip to Sweden next week.

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He said: "I'm going to Sardinia on Friday to see my family but plan to be back on Monday. It is my dream to go back to Italy but at the moment I'm still an Ipswich Town player."

Marshall is currently away on a coaching course in Staffordshire but with three sessions a day it is unlikely he will have time to meet with Stoke City boss Tony Pulis. The Potters have made an initial inquiry and I understand director of football John Rudge is putting together a package to try to lure the keeper, who Pulis took to Gillingham on a month's loan while he was at Norwich City.

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But I understand a Premiership club and another Division One club have also entered the fray, although Marshall last night refused to discuss details.

He said: "There have been developments and perhaps something will happen next week. I have said before I don't really want to leave Ipswich but I have to do what is best for my career.

"I have not had any further talks with anyone this week, I have been far too busy, and I don't have any plans to do so just yet."

Town's goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster, who is running the course along with Fred Barber, also has transfer-listed James Pullen, Lewis Price, Scott Peat and Shane Suple with him.

n Tickets for Ipswich Town's pre-season friendly with Levski Sofia will go on sale from 9am on Friday. The tester for Joe Royle's side against the UEFA Cup challengers takes place on Friday, August 1, with a 7.45pm kick-off. Adult tickets are £12, concessions/senior citizens £6 and juniors £2. The ticket office number is 01473 400555.

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