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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

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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 LtdIpswich 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.”

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