Town can expect big interest in Haynes

DANNY Haynes has become a marked man - and Ipswich Town can expect to fight off plenty of interest in the 20-year-old wide man.Aston Villa are one Premier League club set to make a bid, while West Ham are reported to be tailing the player who scored the winner in Sunday's Coca-Cola Championship win over Norwich City at Portman Road.

Elvin King

DANNY Haynes has become a marked man - and Ipswich Town can expect to fight off plenty of interest in the 20-year-old wide man.

Aston Villa are one Premier League club set to make a bid, while West Ham are reported to be tailing the player who scored the winner in Sunday's Coca-Cola Championship win over Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton is confident he can hang on to the player who helped the Blues win the FA Youth Cup in 2005 - the same season he arrived at the club after being discarded by Charlton.

Blues' fans will be hoping Magilton can hold on to Haynes, but if the deal is right he could go.

The takeover of Town by millionaire Marcus Evans has taken away the pressure to sell the best young players produced by Town's famed academy.

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Magilton's emphasis will be to strengthen his squad rather than reduce it with Evans already confirming that millions will be available during the close season.

Haynes' recent super shows have seen him likened to Arsenal and England's rising star Theo Walcott and have alerted top flight managers with Villa's Martin O'Neill a known devotee of English talent.

Every player has his price and if Magilton received an offer that he felt he could not refuse then Haynes could be on his way in the summer.

Despite Evans' investment there is not a bottomless pit of money in the Portman Road coffers and if £3million was to come in for Haynes it would give Magilton extra cash to invest in players.

However, if Town gain promotion this season Haynes would definitely stay.

Top flight clubs are also eyeing Owen Garvan and Pablo Counago - and keeping tabs on Ipswich's promotion quest.

Both are high on the list of a few Premier League clubs with midfielder Garvan making a huge impression when starring for the Republic of Ireland Under-21's against England.

Counago - who made mincemeat of the Norwich back line on Sunday - would be welcome by many in the top flight.

If Ipswich fail to go up there is the possibility of as many players going as coming.

Liam Trotter played for the reserves yesterday at Layer Road, Colchester and a question mark must hang over the use of this talented 19-year-old.

With the influx of three midfield players during the transfer window - and the promise of more in the summer - Trotter's career has gone backwards since he was unluckily sent off against Portsmouth in the FA Cup in January.

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