Wolves interest in Marshall
WOLVERHAMPTON Wanderers are the latest club to show an interest in transfer-listed Andy Marshall.Wolves boss Dave Jones was livid at losing out on Carlos Kameni after he was refused a work permit and has turned his attentions elsewhere.
WOLVERHAMPTON Wanderers are the latest club to show an interest in transfer-listed Andy Marshall.
Wolves boss Dave Jones was livid at losing out on Carlos Kameni after he was refused a work permit and has turned his attentions elsewhere.
I understand Marshall's agent has had preliminary talks with Wolves' chief executive Jez Moxey about the Town's goalkeeper's situation although the Premiership club have not yet spoken to Ipswich. As Marshall (pictured left) is on a free transfer and has been told he can talk to any club, Ipswich will not necessarily hear anything until a deal is about to be reached, which will have to be before Friday's transfer deadline.
Premiership new-boys Wolves – who have conceded nine goals in two games and face Manchester United next – are also reportedly looking at Neil Sullivan from Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa's Stefan Postma. Marshall was close to moving to Fulham recently
but they signed Mark Crossley from Middlesbrough. Portsmouth have also been linked with Marshall and they have accepted that Mark Bosnich will not sign for them.
Meanwhile, Town manager Joe Royle confirmed Derby County had again tried to take Alun Armstrong on loan but Ipswich will only allow him to go out on a permanent move.
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Former Town boss George Burley, now in charge at Derby, made his move after Armstrong scored both goals in the reserves'
2-0 win over Southampton at Playford Road on Wednesday. Armstrong exclusively revealed in Friday's EADT that he did not want to leave Town but knew his future lay elsewhere.
He has recently put his house on the Essex/Suffolk border up for sale and Royle believes a loan move would not benefit him.
Royle said: "We would prefer something more permanent. Alun needs his long-term future to be sorted out and going on loan would not be the answer. Plenty of clubs want good forwards and there is no doubt Alun is technically very good and is as fit as he has been since he first came here."
Royle has vowed to shake things up for tomorrow's clash at Wigan Athletic with Matt Richards fit and Dean Bowditch itching to make his first start.
The Town manager said: "We need a spark from someone. We need to freshen things up so there will be changes for Tuesday."
Royle insisted the new look will come from within and he is not about to bring in a new signing, loan or otherwise. He dismissed reports that he is interested in Villa's Peter Crouch and added: "There has been no contact with Aston Villa."
Nor would he be in the market for Lomana Lua Lua – the former Colchester United striker who is unsettled at Newcastle United – who would refuse to allow him to go on loan to a rival Premiership club.
Georges Santos and Fabian Wilnis are expected to train today despite the Frenchman needing stitches in a chin wound and the Dutchman fearing he had a broken jaw.