Blues fans cash in

IPSWICH willcelebrate a further cash boost later today when they reveal the total raised by their extended share issue.I understand the final figure will be between £1.

By Mel Henderson


celebrate a further cash boost later today when they reveal the total raised by their extended share issue.

I understand the final figure will be between £1.5million and £2m, although the club must remain tight-lipped until they are in a position to

confirm the exact sum.

Meanwhile, as the club's receiving agent, Capita IRG, were today finalising

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figures, Town boss Joe Royle was once again turning his

attention to bringing in reinforcements on loan.

Royle has a number of targets in mind, but Blackburn striker Matt Jansen, rumoured to be on his way to Portman Road, is not one of them.

The Ipswich manager's transfer market

activity is not governed by the proceeds of a share issue that originally closed on January 19.

At that point supporters had raised just over £1.3m, but by extending the deadline to January 30 the club left the way clear for fans to dig

deeper into their pockets.

The final figure, expected to be around the £1.75m mark, will provide the club with vital working capital through to the end of the season.

An entirely separate budget, boosted by the loan departures of Nabil Abidallah, Alun

Armstrong and Andy Marshall, will fund the arrival of new faces.

Speculation has been rife for the past fortnight as to which players could be on their way.

Royle failed to lure Reading striker Shaun Goater, on target twice in the Royals' 3-1 home win over Derby at the weekend, as the player himself rejected the idea of moving on loan.

And despite reports linking Jansen with a loan switch, I understand that the former Carlisle and Crystal Palace man is not on Royle's wanted list.

Jansen, capped at under-21 level and selected for the full England squad, was an unused substitute in yesterday's 3-2 defeat by Chelsea at Ewood Park.

Rovers remain fifth bottom of the Premiership, just three points clear of the drop zone, and manager Graeme Souness is keener to add players than see any depart.

Royle said: "I don't want to get involved in a guessing game about who might or might not be coming here on loan.

"As I've said before, it depends on other people and it is out of my hands as to which players other managers may be prepared to allow to move on.

"I will be following up enquiries I made last week and the week before, and we'll just have to wait and see if there's any progress.

"Premiership managers need to decide which players will be available to get first team football elsewhere and use that as a shop window."

The closing of the transfer window at 5pm today will not affect Royle's efforts to strengthen his squad.

Indeed, it will make the picture that bit clearer as Premiership clubs will not be able to add any new signings, permanent or loan, after that time.

Nationwide League clubs, on the other hand, have until the March 25 transfer deadline to add to their squads.

Royle added: "I recognise it would be a good time to bring in at least one, maybe two, players to give us a big boost for the promotion push.

"I don't want to bring just anyone in. I don't want it to be a squad player, but someone who can go straight into the side and improve us."

Defender Georges Santos picked up a gashed shin in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Coventry and is not expected to join in training until later in the week.

It is also too early to assess the chances of Fabian Wilnis (shoulder) and Tommy Miller (thigh) being available for the weekend visit of promotion rivals Wigan to Portman Road.

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