Updated: Mick McCarthy glad that Arsenal are interested in Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings in action for Ipswich Town. PHOTO: Sarah Lucy Brown

Tyrone Mings in action for Ipswich Town. PHOTO: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is glad Arsenal are interested in rising star Tyrone Mings.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this morning confirmed that Mings is one of a number of young players he is monitoring.

It’s understood the London club has been sending one of his most trusted advisers, Pat Rice, to watch Mings every match of late. The Premier League club’s chief scout Steve Rowley, as well as colleague Pat Holland, have also made trips to Portman Road.

Blues boss McCarthy, whose second-place side host Leeds in the Championship tomorrow, said: “I’m glad that they’re looking at him; it’s great that. I hope Chelsea are looking at Christophe Berra, I hope Man United are looking at Didzy (David McGoldrick) because if that’s the case it means we’ve got good players.

“It’s what makes the world goes around doesn’t it? We try and get good players and if they do well then the big clubs come and look at them. It’s just all part of the process for me.

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“They are all under contract though, so none of them are going anywhere.”

Town turned down a £3m offer from Crystal Palace for Mings in August. Some national reports now suggest the youngster, purchased from non-league club Chippenham Town for just £10,000k in December 2012, is valued as much as £10m.

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Asked if he had a figure in mind when it came to Mings’ value, McCarthy quipped: “36-24-36 was always my favourite figure I have to be honest. When Miss World was on that was always the optimum! That’s stuck with me all this time.”

It’s understood that Chelsea, for whom Tyrone’s father Adie works as a scout, and Everton are also admirers of Mings.

This has been his breakthrough season in the Championship, the tall and athletic full-back seamlessly stepping into the shoes of Aaron Cresswell following the latter’s £3.75m summer switch to West Ham.

Mings signed a contract extension until 2017 soon after Palace’s bid was knocked back. He soon scooped the Championship’s Player of the Month award for September, his progress having been rapid.

Blues managing director Ian Milne told the EADT and Ipswich Star recently that owner Marcus Evans – who also turned down a £7m bid for striker David McGoldrick in August – has been warning Premier League clubs off his star players ahead of the January transfer window.

– Follow the related links to the right of this article for Mings’ full back story. More in tomorrow’s EADT.

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