Wright and Jeffers deals far from done

RICHARD Wright's move to Ipswich Town is not as cut and dried as many fans believe, according to manager Jim Magilton.And Derby's Wembley win over West Brom could also see Town missing out on Francis Jeffers, who is a target for Billy Davies.

By Derek Davis

RICHARD Wright's move to Ipswich Town is not as cut and dried as many fans believe, according to manager Jim Magilton.

And Derby's Wembley win over West Brom could also see Town missing out on Francis Jeffers, who is a target for Billy Davies.

Magilton has already acknowledged that Premiership football would appeal to Jeffers, and Derby are also in a stronger position to be able to meet Blackburn Rovers' £1m valuation of the striker.


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Town could also lose out on Wright, who has recently been released by Everton.

The Blues boss said that no deal has been struck with the free agent although he has held preliminary talks with the keeper.

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Magilton said: “I have not sat down with Richard or his agent to discuss terms. Richard has expressed a desire to return to Ipswich but nothing concrete has been decided.

“Richard visited the club to see some friends and we had a chat about things and it is a possibility but that is all.”

Magilton is all too aware of the effect Wright's arrival would have on Lewis Price and Shane Supple and is keen not to cause any unnecessary upset.

He said: “Before I decide anything with Richard, or any keeper, I would sit down with the other two lads and see what is best for them. I can understand that at least one would not want to stay, as we could not have three potential number ones. We would have to do what is right by them too.”

Glasgow Rangers, West Ham and Southampton are also keen to take the former Blues keeper, who helped them win promotion in 2000, but Wright is known to want a return to Ipswich for family reasons and to secure regular first-team football.

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