Thatcher set to finalise Town move

BEN Thatcher is set to complete his move to Ipswich Town today - and be in contention for the left-back role at Burnley on Saturday.

Elvin King

BEN Thatcher is set to complete his move to Ipswich Town today - and be in contention for the left-back role at Burnley on Saturday.

Thatcher, 32, who was released by Charlton at the end of last season, is a free agent so no fee will be involved.

The defender, who went with Town on their pre-season tour to Belfast, was offered a package three weeks ago. This is believed to have been improved since Saturday's home defeat by Preston.


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Thatcher subsequently had trials with Wolves and West Ham, and was also considering an offer from the latter.

Town manager Jim Magilton said: “It's moving forward now and we hope to bring it to a conclusion later today.”

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Thatcher was still completing his medical during last night's 4-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup.

“The lads that came in have given me a problem for Saturday,” said Magilton.

“Their attitude and application was first-class and it's certainly nice to be in the hat for the next round.

“There was huge disappointment over the weekend because the expectation levels have risen through the roof.

“It's fair to say it'll be a different team on Saturday to the one that started against Preston.

“I said immediately after we lost on penalties to MK Dons in this competition last year that I would make changes this season. And I stuck to that.

“Jon Walters played with his heart on his sleeve and his enthusiasm is infectious and I was pleased with the attitude.”

Orient boss Martin Ling said: “Our keeper did not cover himself in glory and our experienced back four were pulled around far too easily.

“We made it easy for a good side, and our performance was not good enough for League One let alone against a Championship side.”

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