Jim still trying to land new striker

IPSWICH Town manger Jim Magilton today said that he was still trying to get in a striker before the transfer deadline on Monday.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manger Jim Magilton today said that he was still trying to get in a striker before the transfer deadline on Monday.

And he also admitted that he will listen to offers for any of his current players.

Magilton is pleased to have Moritz Volz on board and he confirmed that he has kept sway with his original targets to fill the front running role and there was still hope that something could be concluded by the end of the transfer window at midnight on Monday.

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Magilton said: “There is a little bit of desperation perhaps but we are on top of the situation and still talking.

“If not we can look into the loan market from Tuesday onwards although that would rule out foreign players and Premier League players, and also have time to do some homework before the transfer window opens again in January.

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“We need to get some confidence into the team and to settle down and get the balance right and when we do I am sure we will be as affective as what Wolves were at Portman Road last Saturday.”

And Magilton talked of his desire to reduce his squad that currently has 26 senior players.

The Blues' boss added: “It can be easy for players to be cast adrift and I don't want that.

“I know how disappointed I was in my playing days when I was not playing.

“Plenty of clubs are looking for players and I want our younger ones to get games.

“I have had no offers and the phone has not rung at all for anybody other than Alan Lee although I will listen to offers for anyone.

“This is not to say that every player is for sale because they are not but I will always listen and a deal has to be right for the club and the player.”

Talking of the Lee possible move to Crystal Palace Magilton said: “It is up to Alan now and I will leave it up to him and if a deal does go through I think it will be best for him and the club.

“But if not then Alan will be back with us and continue to be a valuable member of our squad.”

Palace have agreed a deal with Ipswich that could rise to £900,000 and Lee has had a medical and is currently talking terms.

David Norris is included in the squad for the trip to Watford but his fitness will be assessed later today but there will be no David Wright who has had a setback from his ankle injury but it is not serious and he should be available after the two-week break that follows tomorrow's match at Watford (kick off 5.20pm).

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