Roy is looking to strengthen in January

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane is already on the trail to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.The Blues reach half-way point of this campaign when they visit Crystal Palace next Saturday with manager Keane able to bring in fresh faces from January 1 when the transfer window opens.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane is already on the trail to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.

The Blues reach half-way point of this campaign when they visit Crystal Palace next Saturday with manager Keane able to bring in fresh faces from January 1 when the transfer window opens.

Today they visit Scunthorpe looking to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches.


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Keane is looking to kick-on, and he confirmed that he has players in mind.

“Yes I have made positive approaches for players,” he said. “We are looking to get one or two in.

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“What we need are more victories and I am aiming towards that.

“The spirit is good, and nobody was arrested at last Sunday's players' Christmas party as far as I know.

“I want our fans to travel to away games expecting to win. I am a winner - there are too many average folk around.

“We are not a good team just because we have won a game of football.

“A good team is one that has won something.

“Let's get up and go from now on and make our fans believe we can win every game. We all believe we can.”

And Keane backed up chief executive Simon Clegg's disclosure that moves are afoot to let a number of players go - on loan or permanent deals - in January.

“If I was a manager looking at the players in the background at Ipswich at the moment I would be taking a big interest,” said Keane.

“I'd be very surprised if several are not.

“Players are in the game to play football, and I want to see them playing. I want to be fair. We have a lot of players at the moment.”

Keane also confirmed that he will be holding talks next week with Jack Colback, Arran Lee-Barrett and Stern John about extending their current Town deals that all run out at the end of the month.

“Jack is a very good player and I have already spoken to Sunderland manager Steve Bruce about him, while Stern John has done well and Arran Lee-Barrett been very impressive.”

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