MICK McCarthy is closing in on signing Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp – despite Scott Loach’s impressive rise back to the first team.

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Loach, below right, followed up his FA Cup man-of-the-match performance at Aston Villa with a clean sheet at Championship runaway leaders Cardiff City with the Blues earning a deserved goalless draw.

But McCarthy’s desire to strengthen the core of his improving Ipswich Town team is expected to again be seen this week with Camp top of the list.

After stalling on a new deal at the City Ground, the 28-year-old has been told by new Forest boss Alex McLeish that he can leave this month – opening the door for Town to swoop.

Camp, a Northern Ireland international and one of the most consistent keepers outside of the top-flight, would provide strong competition for Loach, who has come in for praise from Blues centre-back Tommy Smith.

Smith said: “He’s a good keeper – he’s always been a good keeper. I’m really pleased for him because he’s had to wait for his chance and has been working hard in training.”

That won’t stop McCarthy, below left, eyeing greater competition for Loach and reserve keeper Arran Lee-Barrett with the Blues boss appearing to turn his back on another loan deal for West Ham’s Stephen Henderson.

Despite a frantic January transfer window thus far – Camp would be McCarthy’s fifth new addition – the Town boss doesn’t look like stopping there.

In fact, we understand the Blues boss could sign as many as FIVE new players before the end of the January transfer window – a keeper, a centre-back, a wide player, a central midfielder and DJ Campbell.

Nigel Reo-Coker’s departure from the Blues, confirmed by McCarthy on Saturday night, means the Town boss will be in the market for a replacement, with Colchester United’s Anthony Wordsworth close to a move according to reports.

21 comments

  • Loach had one bad performance and was immediately dropped by Jewell. Loach could not be held responsible for the Villa goals so unless McCarthy can attract a really top keeper and not another Henderson then I say leave Loach between the sticks. Lee Barrett has shown to be a quite reasonable backup.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Not good enough for Forest but good enough for us. Surely the priority now should be better crossing and balls into the box and better finishing? Our defense seems strong, our midfield improving all the time, we just need to score more goals now. The next two games will show how good we are at that with the new players brought in.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I'm with Steroo - If Loach wasn't (isn't) considered good enough to be No.1 then how can he be good enough to cover the position. Sell him or play him. Where's the gain in giving confidence and match practice to someone playing in such a vital position when they're hoping to give that benefit to their parent club when the loan ends? Now we're buying a second choice (or unwanted) keeper from the same division to make him No.1 instead? Loach has played well over the past couple of games and he can only get better with experience and match fitness. Give the lad the chance he deserves and signed for.

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    Bleeding Blue

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • so who is going to sell good in-form players to Ipswich--get real, we are not Chelsea, unless they they are financially challenged it is not going to happen. It is always going to be others cast offs and those that have fell out of favour--it does not .mean they are all .... if you are shrewd. remember the many on this site who said McCauley and Walters were less than good--they are not doing too bad!

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    Nanaimo jack

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Iv'e said this all along, even in the dark day's when the defesce was blamed for all our ills, a lot of our problems are in midfield. N'Daw has his day's, as does Hyam and Drury. But none are consistently good. N'Daw is only here for the season, so will probably return to his club. We still need a stopper and a passer. I think the consensus of Reo Coker was that it was a good job he didn't stay, as he never had a good game for Town. In order to get out of this division we need strikers and a midfield scoring goals, with at least one of the strikers getting 20 to 25 goals, with the other getting at least 15 and the midfield weighing in with another 15 to 20 goals and a half a dozen from the defense. In order to do this the midfield has to dominate a large percentage of a game. At present we don't do this. Our away form has been very good, whilst our home form is quite poor. This is probably due to us not being able to cope with the away teams setting up differently against us and we seem incapable of adjusting to suit. This has to be addressed.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • If we sign Lee Camp (IF), having two potential first choice keepers can only be a good thing. More than in any other position a keeper tends to be at his best on his late 20searly 30s, unless he's an exceptional talent, so at 25 Loach can be viewed as one for the future and excellent competition for a more experienced No.1. And Camp is not a "reject", he's soon to be out of contract, there's a massive difference. A lot of clubs would be interested in him so I hope we get him signed if this story has any weight to it. (IF!)

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Lee Camp.Seriously?

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    sistheswan

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Iv'e said this all along, even in the dark day's when the defesce was blamed for all our ills, a lot of our problems are in midfield. N'Daw has his day's, as does Hyam and Drury. But none are consistently good. N'Daw is only here for the season, so will probably return to his club. We still need a stopper and a passer. I think the consensus of Reo Coker was that it was a good job he didn't stay, as he never had a good game for Town. In order to get out of this division we need strikers and a midfield scoring goals, with at least one of the strikers getting 20 to 25 goals, with the other getting at least 15 and the midfield weighing in with another 15 to 20 goals and a half a dozen from the defense. In order to do this the midfield has to dominate a large percentage of a game. At present we don't do this. Our away form has been very good, whilst our home form is quite poor. This is probably due to us not being able to cope with the away teams setting up differently against us and we seem incapable of adjusting to suit. This has to be addressed.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The rumour that Mcgoaldrick was knocking off Camps Mrs gives me the impression that this won't happen!!

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    suffolkred

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Regardless of who is 1st choice we need another keeper, competition for places is good. Maybe he willo dislode loach maybe not. Either way this will be another non loan for mick so that should please steroo, I dont know why he's whingeing below as MM seems to serving up exactly what he asked for. In theory that means his tone should change but as we all know he loves the yellow and green crew up the road, so it wont Suggestion that there are more to follow to help adress those areas fellow posters are concerned abouit below, so good all round. Think AW would be another good young signing

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • 72alwaysblue@ Of course Steroo is ill informed and contrary and it is next to pointless asking him to explain himself. It takes some form of intelligence to come up with a constructive explanation or comment and no intelligence at all to simply be destructive and disagree with any other comment or point of view. Hence one never sees a post from him stating what he would like to see happen - just a monotonous predictable criticism of anything at all to do with Ipswich FC. Bitter and sad is probably the best that could be said and should be ignored at all costs.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Agree with much of what Wymarkmariner says, even if it is in triplicate!. But I think N'Daw, Hyam and Drury are growing into their jobs and becoming a real force to be reckoned with.. Incidentally it's none is not are, even in triplicate!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Of course if Mick the No Loans Man had played his own goalkeepers right from the start, instead of somebody else's, he might not perhaps feel the need to sign any more goalies no better than the ones already on the books.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The ill informed "reject" comments make me chuckle. I can understand their basis following the signings of Chambers and McGoldrick, however Camp is a different kettle of fish altogether. Camp for over two years was up there as the best keeper outside the prem, I believe getting into the PFA Championship team (possibly twice?), he was also club captain under Billy Davies. (2 consecutive top 6 finishes) When Schteve McClaren went to Forest (on a mission as ex Derby to destroy club) he gave Chambers the captaincy and things began to go down hill.(Sound familiar?) A previously half decent defence began leaking goals, but still Camp was top class. This season however, contractual negotiations have stalled, so Camp has been told to find another club as a new manager stamps his authority on the players. Rumours abound that he is quite surly and sulky at the club as he (quite rightly) feels he deserves a decent contract. As a former Derby player (and lifelong fan!!) he won over the Forest supporters very quickly, which could only be done through his performances (and saving a pen at Derby and celebrating like a nutter). Most Forest supporters would name him as the best player at the club and one of the few who would be fine in the Prem. Unlike Chambers (average, with inflated wage) and McGoldrick (talented but unfulfilled potential-a bit off a disaster at Forest), Ipswich would be signing a player that will be sorely missed at Forest, even if Green or Robinson are signed as his replacement, that is how highly he is rated by genuine supporters. As a keeper he makes very few mistakes and has no obvious weaknesses. Strong kicking, crosses and organising his defensive (Schmeical style rollickings when needed). In one on ones he is tremendous - quick off his line with a much better saving percentage than a keeper at this level might normally get. He pulls off a few Worldees too. His game at PR this season was marred by some defensive howlers (not mainly by him to be fair). Good luck Campy, I hope Town fans appreciate you.

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    Zico Rice

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Please stop responding to the 'Richard' called steroo, he does the same thing in the EDP aimed at norwich supporters?

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    Millsey

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Hmmm... another reject from a team that are no better than us.

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    RC

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I suppose the significant thing is that MM IS buying players and seems to have a clear idea of the sort of players he wants here.

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    OldBoy

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Is this the guy who had a horrendous game at Portman Road earlier this season? No thanks ...

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    Ted Maul

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Sorry Steroo, you've confused me. If MM had used 'our own' keepers from the start, we'd still need another one as cover now wouldn't we ? Also, if he signed one better than the ones already on our books, that would presumably make the new goalie number 1 straight away and Loach would move down the pecking order again, which goes against all your previous arguments. Please, explain yourself better as you come over as being a little ill informed and contrary.

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    72alwaysblue

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The fact that he had one bad game at Portman road doesn't make him a bad player...If it does than the whole Town tema must be awful!!

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    suffolkred

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Iv'e said this all along, even in the dark day's when the defesce was blamed for all our ills, a lot of our problems are in midfield. N'Daw has his day's, as does Hyam and Drury. But none are consistently good. N'Daw is only here for the season, so will probably return to his club. We still need a stopper and a passer. I think the consensus of Reo Coker was that it was a good job he didn't stay, as he never had a good game for Town. In order to get out of this division we need strikers and a midfield scoring goals, with at least one of the strikers getting 20 to 25 goals, with the other getting at least 15 and the midfield weighing in with another 15 to 20 goals and a half a dozen from the defense. In order to do this the midfield has to dominate a large percentage of a game. At present we don't do this. Our away form has been very good, whilst our home form is quite poor. This is probably due to us not being able to cope with the away teams setting up differently against us and we seem incapable of adjusting to suit. This has to be addressed.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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