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Reports in Italy link Ipswich with move for Genoa winger Milinkovic

PUBLISHED: 09:14 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 20 June 2018

Ipswich Town have been linked with a move for David Milinkovic of Genoa. Picture: PA

Ipswich Town have been linked with a move for David Milinkovic of Genoa. Picture: PA

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Reports in Italy have linked Ipswich Town with a move for Genoa winger David Milinkovic.

Milinkovic, pictured second left, spent last season on loan with Hearts in Scotland. Picture PAMilinkovic, pictured second left, spent last season on loan with Hearts in Scotland. Picture PA

The French-born wide man spent last season on loan at Scottish top flight club Hearts, where he played alongside former Blues defender Christophe Berra, scoring six goals in 26 games.

The Jambos have had an offer accepted to make the move permanent, but reports in Italy say Milinkovic is not entirely sold on a return to Scotland, with Ipswich and Reading said to have shown an interest in the 24-year-old.

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Having played much of his early football in Serbia, where he has citizenship, Milinkovic has also spent time at Messina, Salernitarna and Foggia during his time in Italy.

Genoa have been said to want £600,000 for his services, although reports in Scotland suggest Hearts’ bid has not reached that valuation.

Ipswich manager Paul Hurst has already highlighted wide areas as a position of need during his early days as Ipswich manager, with only Grant Ward and Danny Rowe in his current squad.

“One thing I don’t mind saying publicly is that, in terms of balance, I don’t think we have got enough wingers,” Hurst said at his unveiling. “I like wide players. I like players to carry the ball up the pitch.

“As fans we like those players, naturally. Someone who can get you off your seat.

Hearts have had an offer accepted but the player is not thought to be sold on a return to Scotland. Picture: PAHearts have had an offer accepted but the player is not thought to be sold on a return to Scotland. Picture: PA

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“There has to be an end product though. A couple of lads I had last year (Alex Rodman and Shaun Whalley), not only was there the assists and the goals they contributed to, but they also did the other bits. There has to be clear evidence they are contributing. There is no point beating three players and kicking it behind the goal. You might get a little round of applause, but if you keep doing that will soon stop.

“It’s an area I am keen to bring a couple of players in.”

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