No Naylor for Town

LEE Naylor will not be coming to Ipswich Town, at least for the moment.Yet Town boss Roy Keane refused to rule out the possibility of signing at least one new player during the January transfer window.

Carl Marston

By Carl Marston

LEE Naylor will not be coming to Ipswich Town, at least for the moment.

Yet Town boss Roy Keane refused to rule out the possibility of signing at least one new player during the January transfer window.

Celtic left-back Naylor could still end up being that target, even though the 29-year-old has been recalled to Tony Mowbray's starting line-up during the last couple of games, against Falkirk and at Morton.

Naylor's return to the Celtic side could only be temporary, while first choice left-back Danny Fox recovers from a groin injury.

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Of the Naylor situation, Keane said: "No, there's nothing in it, not at the moment.

"He's in the Celtic team at the moment anyway, and I'm always watching Celtic games.

"But that's today. Next week maybe different," added Keane.

The left-back role has been a problem position for Keane this season.

In the last three games the Irishman has started with three different left-backs, in David Wright (at Blackpool), Pim Balkestein (at

Leicester) and Jaime Peters (against Coventry).

Ben Thatcher, meanwhile, has not featured at all this season, although he did come through 45 minutes of action for the Reserves against Southend on Wednesday afternoon.

Keane went on to reiterate that he is not pinning all his hopes on bringing in new recruits.

To date, he has already loaned out the trio of Tommy Smith (to Brentford), Liam Trotter (to Millwall) and Colin Healy (to Celtic), while there is the strong possibility of signing Crystal Palace loanee Stern John for the rest of the season.

Keane said: "I'm not that anxious to add to the squad, but I'm hopeful for one or two.

"My mentality is that we won't be getting anyone in, because I don't want to give our fans false hope, or get my own hopes up, but something might happen next week."

Meanwhile, Keane confirmed that he was still expecting to complete the signing of American winger, Devann Yao.

This long-running saga has been hampered by all the paperwork, which includes compensation issues with former employers.

Keane said: "He's (Yao) had a bad injury, but he's back training with us.

"We're still hoping for something to happen next week. But people should come into my office and see all the paperwork! It's piled high."

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