Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy reveals loan enquiries for West Ham and Chelsea strikers

PUBLISHED: 14:45 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:01 27 July 2017

Ipswich Town have enquired about West Ham United striker Ashley Fletcher in the last three transfer windows. Photo: PA

Ipswich Town have enquired about West Ham United striker Ashley Fletcher in the last three transfer windows. Photo: PA

PA Archive/PA Images

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will be restricted to signing a striker on loan due to the fact the Blues can’t compete financially with some of the ‘bonkers’ transfer fees being spent in the Championship.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy talks to reporters after the Tuesday night's friendly win at Colchester United. Picture Pagepix Ltd Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy talks to reporters after the Tuesday night's friendly win at Colchester United. Picture Pagepix Ltd

Joe Garner has arrived at Portman Road from Rangers for a £750k fee this summer, but a fourth forward is wanted to compete alongside him, David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears.

Since selling Daryl Murphy to Newcastle for £3m at the end of the 2016 summer transfer window, Town have failed in attempts to sign several strikers.

Bids for Conor Washington (QPR) and Jordan Hugill (Preston) were rejected last August and January respectively, while they’ve missed out on Marley Watkins (Barnsley to Norwich, Bosman), Danny Ward (Rotherham to Cardiff, £1.6m) and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Wolves to Reading, reported £3m) this window.

Second-tier spending continues to rise. Newly-relegated Middlesbrough have already signed Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for £15m and are close to signing West Ham front man Ashley Fletcher for £7m.

Reading have been linked with a £10m move for Huddersfield’s Nahki Wells, while Preston have turned down a £2.5m offer from Birmingham for Hugill.

“We’re still working hard at it,” said McCarthy, when asked for a transfer update during today’s Open Day at Portman Road. “But when you see Middlesbrough spending £7m on Ashley Fletcher... There was me, like a pillock, ringing up trying to take him on loan! I’ve tried for him in a couple of windows and was only speaking to his agent yesterday. He must have been laughing right up his sleeve.

“Then you’ve got Wolves spending £15m on a holding midfield player (Ruben Neves from Porto). I’ll be amazed if this can continue and be sustained. I know that some teams still have hefty parachute payments, but Sheffield Wednesday haven’t had one for a long time and spent £10m in the last window, while Bristol City have spent £5m on a striker (Famara Diedhiou) recently.

“It’s bonkers the money that’s being spent. I’ve said to the lads today ‘it doesn’t matter what they spend’. We’ve just got to do it the way we do it.”

Confirming that he has been forced to look at a loan addition, McCarthy added: “Barnsley have signed Ike Ugbo (on loan from Chelsea). I asked about him at the end of last season – I spoke to his agent and I spoke to Chelsea. I think Barnsley have promised him to play, but I wouldn’t promise anyone to play because that’s just nonsense.

“There are other strikers at Premier League clubs waiting to see if they’ll be sent out when the season starts.”

Ipswich and Norwich do battle once again in the East Anglian Derby - we’ve got all the build-up, action and reaction right here.

We have assembled a group of Town fans to predict the outcome of Ipswich games and have their say on what’s going on at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is looking forward to seeing how Norwich City do on a reduced budget next season ahead of the two teams meeting at Carrow Road tomorrow (12pm).

Ipswich Town travel to old rivals Norwich City looking for their first win since 2009 in the East Anglian derby tomorrow at 12 noon – here’s how the betting looks for the big clash.

Keeping James Maddison quiet will be key if Ipswich Town are to end Norwich City’s East Anglian Derby dominance tomorrow - and Cole Skuse is up for the task.

In this week’s Town nostalgia, we take a look back to February 2006, when Ipswich last won at Carrow Road – as ‘Canary Crusher’ Danny Haynes struck a controversial late winner to take the honours in the East Anglian derby.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he’d love to deliver an East Anglian derby victory for the club’s long-suffering fans on Sunday lunchtime (12pm).

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has lavished praise on ‘brilliant gentleman’ Mick McCarthy ahead of this weekend’s East Anglian Derby at Carrow Road.

David McGoldrick returns to the Ipswich Town squad for this weekend’s clash with rivals Norwich but the Canaries are dealing with injuries to key players heading into the game.

The second East Anglian derby of the season is almost here with Ipswich Town crossing the border to face rivals Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday lunchtime (12pm).

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24