Counago: Campo could have huge impact

PABLO Counago has backed Ivan Campo to be a huge player for Ipswich Town, should the fellow Spaniard complete his move to Portman Road.

Derek Davis

PABLO Counago has backed Ivan Campo to be a huge player for Ipswich Town, should the fellow Spaniard complete his move to Portman Road.

We revealed yesterday that Campo was in town to hold talks with Blues boss Jim Magilton and Counago played a part in setting up the deal for the former Real Madrid and Bolton star.

Campo arrived at Portman Road with the agent he shares with Counago who was here to oversee his client sign a new three-year contract with Ipswich Town.


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Counago is confident that even at 34, Campo will be a worthy addition to Magilton's promotion-chasing side.

Counago said: “I know Ivan a lot from Spain.

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“He has played for big clubs in big league and has won titles so he is an important player.

“There is an opportunity maybe for him to sign here and he would be a great player to have.

“I'm happy that he has a chance and it would a great thing if he signed for us.”

Campo had initial discussions with Magilton yesterday and is understood to have been highly impressed with the Blues set up, at Portman Road and the training facilities at Playford Road.

Adept at either the defensive midfield role or as a centre-back Campo won a Champions' League medal at Real Madrid and was part of the Bolton squad that has survived so well in the Premiership.

Originally signed by Sam Allardyce, Campo was not offered a new contract by Gary Megson in the summer and is now a free agent, but one used to Premiership wages.

Meanwhile, Blues chief executive last night dismissed reports that Wigan are lining up a move for Danny Haynes after Alex Bruce's dad Steve Bruce was also spotted at Portman Road to watch Town's friendly against West Ham.

Bowden confirmed: “We have had no offers for Danny.”

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