Dons ready to move for Naylor
WIMBLEDON are to sound out Ipswich Town about unsettled striker Richard Naylor.Dons boss Terry Burton said today: "We are looking for another front man and Richard is a player I am very, very interested in."
By Dave Allard
WIMBLEDON are to sound out Ipswich Town about unsettled striker Richard Naylor.
Dons boss Terry Burton said today: "We are looking for another front man and Richard is a player I am very, very interested in. He could give us another dimension up front.
"I shall be having a chat with Ipswich boss George Burley about the player and we'll see what develops."
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Naylor's Blues team-mate, Wayne Brown, has been on loan at the Selhurst Park club for the past six weeks and may be set to join permanently.
Burton is likely to try to land the central defender soon in a deal probably worth around £500,000.
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Naylor, who came on and looked lively for Town as a half-time substitute in Wednesday night's 3-3 draw at Southampton, has rejected a new contract at Portman Road.
The 24-year-old wants regular first team football and Blues boss George Burley has said that he will not stand in the player's way if the right offer comes along.
Ipswich are likely to be asking a fee in the region of £700,000 for a whole-hearted attacker who has suffered knee tendinitis trouble throughout his career.
The summer before last he underwent surgery to both knees.
There was a period last season when Naylor feared for his career when the trouble flared up again, but a new course of physiotherapy has eased his discomfort and the Yorkshireman has been enjoying the longest pain-free run of his career.
Wimbledon chief Burton is set to face competition for a striker who has always enjoyed a good relationship with Town fans.
Crystal Palace manager Steve Bruce has previously gone on record and stated his interest.
Naylor is an injury doubt for Sunday's home game with West Ham (kick-off 2pm).
He took a knock on his ankle after coming on against the Saints.
Town look ahead to the match with right-back Chris Makin set to be back in contention.
The former Sunderland man came off at half time at Southampton with a hip problem.
Central defenders John McGreal (back) and Mark Venus (ribs) are both under treatment, although both are expected to be available for the Hammers' visit.
Once again England Under-21
centre-half Titus Bramble will be out with achilles trouble and Finidi George (fractured cheekbone).