Forster could be poised for Hull move

IPSWICH striker Nicky Forster could be on his way to Hull before tomorrow's transfer deadline.French midfield star Sylvain Legwinski is expected to become a Town player in the first of several proposed deals involving a number of clubs up and down the country.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH striker Nicky Forster could be on his way to Hull before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

French midfield star Sylvain Legwinski is expected to become a Town player in the first of several proposed deals involving a number of clubs up and down the country.

Boss Jim Magilton confidently expects the former Fulham player to accept the club's offer and may even be able to conclude a deal before close of business today.

Legwinski, 33, impressed in a behind-closed-doors game against a Tottenham X1 at Portman Road last week, when Magilton saw enough in just 45 minutes to convince him that the former £3 million man was worth a permanent contract.

All being well, Legwinski is likely to be in the Ipswich squad for their next Championship fixture on Saturday week, when George Burley's Southampton are in town.

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But the position regarding another transfer target, Coventry striker Dele Adebola, is far less clear.

Ipswich have made no secret of their interest in the giant front man, although Sky Blues' boss Micky Adams is sticking to his guns and insisting the player is not for sale.

But with tomorrow's deadline looming, a chain reaction could yet see Adebola arrive and last season's leading scorer, Forster, depart.

Coventry have posted a £500,000 offer for Spanish striker Nacho Novo at Rangers and if that deal goes ahead they are more likely to sanction Adebola's departure.

Equally, if Ipswich are able to secure Adebola's signature, they will recoup at least some of their expenditure by cashing in on Forster.

Magilton confirmed an offer had been received, while Hull boss Phil Parkinson admitted he was in discussions for an experienced striker, although he was reluctant to mention Forster by name.

Parkinson, still seeking his first win after being lured from Colchester in the summer, said: “All I can say is that we are working as hard as we possibly can to bring someone in.

“We are in negotiations with a club but I am unable to say at this stage who we are speaking to. We will do everything we can to freshen things up before Thursday.”

Forster, who will be 33 next week, was hoping to seek clarification today on where his future may lie.

He said: “If the manager does not come to me and update me I will go to him and try to find out what is happening.”

Parkinson and Forster were team-mates at Reading a few years back, before the former took charge at Layer Road in February 2003.

It promises to be a hectic 24 hours or so as Ipswich, Hull and Coventry all look to reshuffle their squads in what could be a chain reaction of deals.

Former Ipswich striker Marcus Stewart, 33, was today set to complete a three-month loan switch from Bristol City to their League One rivals Yeovil.