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McCarthy won’t hesitate to raid relegated clubs – and Rotherham’s Danny Ward could be a target

PUBLISHED: 10:49 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 21 April 2017

Rotherham United's Danny Ward (left) battles for possession of the ball with Brighton and Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk.

Rotherham United's Danny Ward (left) battles for possession of the ball with Brighton and Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk.

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will not hesitate to raid relegated clubs for players again this summer – and has not ruled out a move for Rotherham United striker Danny Ward.

Rotherham's Danny Ward (red) has scored 11 goals for rock-bottom Rotherham this season. Photo: Focus ImagesRotherham's Danny Ward (red) has scored 11 goals for rock-bottom Rotherham this season. Photo: Focus Images

The Blues boss, always working on a shoestring budget, has often signed players from teams that fail to beat the drop. Cole Skuse, Paul Anderson and Dean Gerken all arrived from Bristol City after the Robins went down to League One, while Jordan Spence was part of the MK Dons team that slipped back into the third-tier last season.

With Easter weekend wins against Burton and Newcastle ensuring McCarthy can start planning for a 16th successive season in the second-tier, Town face rock-bottom and already-relegated Rotherham in a dead rubber at The New York Stadium tomorrow afternoon (3pm ko).

The Millers may have just 18 points to their name following a torrid season, but striker Ward has scored 12 goals and caught the eye in a struggling team. It’s understood that Town tried to sign him in January and are likely to try again this summer.

“Only if an offer comes in near our valuation will we consider selling him,” Millers boss Paul Warne told the Sheffield Star. “The chairman (Tony Stewart) said that to me, so if someone comes in with a cheeky offer we will just keep him for the season and get as many goals out of him as we can.”

Stewart has said that Rotherham rejected more than £2m for Ward in the January transfer window.

“Danny hasn’t got worse since January so I would have thought his value is around the figure of what the chairman wanted before,” added Warne. “I don’t think he has devalued and the chairman says we don’t need to sell.”

McCarthy refused to be drawn on Ward specifically, but did say: “Cole Skuse has been a big success, while we also took Paul Anderson and Dean Gerken from them that year and they also were successes for us. I’ve no problem with taking players out of teams that have got relegated.”

Another player the Blues have been linked with is Wigan midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe, who was formerly on loan at Portman Road, with Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham, Burton, Bristol City and QPR also still scrapping for safety.

McCarthy has said admitted that there could be several player exits this summer and that his plan is to stay and try to build a ‘new look’ team that can once again challenge for the play-off places.

In-form keeper Bartosz Bialkowski is likely to be coveted, while captain Luke Chambers and fellow senior defender Christophe Berra are nearing the end of their contracts. Jonathan Douglas, Leon Best and Giles Coke have all been told they will be let go, while the futures of Steven Taylor, Jordan Spence and Paul Digby are up in the air.

Tom Lawrence, Emyr Huws, Toumani Diagouraga, Jonny Williams and Dominic Samuel will all see their loans expire.

11 comments

  • Walberswick. It IS the fans who are to blame in every respect. Town fell victim to asset strippers because shareholders were turkeys voting for Xmas. As soon as it became obvious that the owners were offshore predators bent on bleeding the club dry anybody who cared about the club stayed away. Alas there are still 10000 people who don't care and throw their money away and are hell-bent on destroying the club - much to the frustration of the massive majority of sensible fans who won't fund asset stripping and are waiting to reclaim the club

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    Pundit

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • why blame ME when you can blame the fans?

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    walberswicks

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • why didn't MM demand a substantial budget for new players from ME before agreeing to stay next year? without it we'll be in exactly the same position we are now or worse. what are mm priorities a better team or a pay off for failure. why doesn't he ever publicly criticize ME? the majority of fans blame ME for under investment but MM is perfectly happy as long as he gets his £1m salary and bonuses?

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    walberswicks

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Whymarkmariner. Houghton will be sacked next season - so will be available just as the lazy gravy train rider is running down his contract and running Touts into the ground. Be careful what you wish for - but I suspect the dull multimillionaire will be looking for a club with much better prospects - and mucu bigger pay-offs

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    Pundit

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Keep off the magic mushrooms Punchy. You may hallucinate in the short term -but they'll have long term effects. Sad that apathy amongst deluded lemmings is running so deep that this depressing and absurd article has drawn no comment. But perhaps the lazy EADT scribes, like No Loans, have no shame. Why not question why the lazy gravy train rider is just waiting for the phone to ring from agents representing failures with an elevated sense of self-worth? Why is he not enthusing about the flow of youth from the much trumpeted (but almost pointless) academy? Why is he not after upwardly mobile players from the lower division? Has he given up on brazenly seeking a disgraceful pay off and will actually do the job he is outrageously overpaid for? Why would any ambitious player come here when it is a declining cabal of freeloaders?

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    Pundit

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Why didn't we buy someone last summer if you're so great at transfer deals mick?? Why didn't we buy someone in January if you can spot all the bargains. How can you possibly suggest you can possibly buy potential players when all you really can afford is players from non league for £10K which you instantly discard because they're obviously no good? Mick, we've all seen you're transfer dealings, you've signed almost 50 players in the last 4 years and at the end of the season you'll be left with nothing and half the squad leaving. Bobby Robson signed just 14 players in 12 years and they actually made a difference.

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    walberswicks

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • It was two seasons after Dozzell was sold that Town went down. So i wouldnt mind history repeating itself and Town getting relegated from the Premiership again Pundit as there is time to get there. I am assuming whymarkmariner you mean Dyer, who was sold to Newcastle for 6m and we got promoted the very next season. Again wouldn't mind history repeating itself here either as one or two seasons in the prem is better than 16 straight years of championship football.

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • No Town sold Dozzel to Spurs and got relegated. History might repeat itself.

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    Pundit

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • They say "Self praise is no recommendation" but I'm going to blow my own trumpet by saying that I said after Hughton was sacked by Norwich that he was a good Manager and obviously I still do bearing in mind Brighton's promotion. Makes you wonder if the Budgies had stuck with him would they now be back in the Prem instead of giving us another short journey up the A140. McCarthy has over the years got decent players in for very little. But I do question his consistency. I recon he's about 30% right against 70% wrong with his loans and purchases which isn't good enough. It needs to be the other way around. We must be forking out at least £120,000 a month on players that have been injured. Everyone expects to have a few injuries, but to sign players on loan who are already injured and have a history of injuries is madness. Sometimes you have to sign proven players. Not every gamble is going to turn into something special. Yes, Cresswell and Mings were a success, but a decent amount of the money made was not reinvested. If my memory serves me correct didn't we sell Jason Dozell to Newcastle for 6 million, reinvested the money and got promoted. Huws needs to be signed. Not to sure about Dia. Would like to see Lawrence signed, but don think M.E. will part with 6 million on one player.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I agree with Brobat blue, stop talking about players who may be good enough and go for those who have proven that they are. Huws has done that, he has shown the necessary quality that is required to challenge for a play off place. Anderson a success? Hardly, he is the type of player that we now must try and avoid signing, he was never of the right calibre. Also Skuse should be kept, but should not be an automatic selection in our midfield, we must be far more dynamic, and Skuse can not provide that. He is useful to bring on of we need to close things down a bit, but that's about all he offers. We need to bring in quality, Lawrence and Diagouraga should also be signed. We must look at Brighton, they have shown us the way to go, they have spent wisely on quality players and have assigned a manager who knows what he is doing, in terms of providing attractive and successful football. Surely we are not considering keeping Digby on? Once again, if Evans is serious, he must set his sights much higher. But is he serious? He's let us all down many times now, show us the colour of your money Evans, and we will show you ours.

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    Poet

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Get Emyr Huws signed up straight away!!!

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    Brobat blue

    Friday, April 21, 2017

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