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Foxes in hunt for Marcus

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 March 2010

IPSWICH striker Marcus Bent is wanted by Premiership new boys Leicester.

Bent, who was 25 on Monday, is only valued at £1million by the newly-promoted Foxes.

IPSWICH striker Marcus Bent is wanted by Premiership new boys Leicester.

Bent, who was 25 on Monday, is only valued at £1million by the newly-promoted Foxes.

But Town's cash problems, together with the fact that Bent is one of the best-paid players on the Portman Road payroll, could force their hand.

They paid £3 million to sign him from Blackburn in November 2001 and he has scored 22 goals in 65 appearances since then.

He netted 12 times in 38 games last season and, if the terms were right, he would jump at the chance of a top-flight return.

Ipswich are the much-travelled striker's sixth club. He started with Brentford and has also played for Crystal Palace, Port Vale and Sheffield United.

Leicester's director of football, Dave Bassett, has sounded out Ipswich about the player and boss Micky Adams is determined to boost his squad.

Adams said: "We are talking to players' agents and other football clubs, but players want to see what their options are and what's available.

"Hopefully, in the next few weeks, there will be a new face or two at the club."

Despite encouraging season ticket sales, Ipswich are short of working capital and are resigned to losing players in the close season.

Boss Joe Royle, restricted to scanning the free transfer market, has earmarked goalkeepers Paul Gerrard of Everton and Birmingham's Ian Bennett of Birmingham as possible signings.

But he cannot make his move until Town come out of administration and The Football League lifts a transfer embargo.

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