Town sign left back

IPSWICH TOWN: Mark Kennedy is at Portman Road today undergoing a medical after the Blues agreed a �75,000 transfer fee to purchase the 34-year-old left back.

Kennedy is expected to finalise the formalities of his move from Cardiff City to Town this weekend.

And Alex Bruce is set to complete his move to Sheffield United within the next few days.

He travelled to Yorkshire last night to complete the final details of his move to the Blades, and he was due to have a medical this morning.

The fee agreed between the two clubs is believed to be around the �200,000 mark.

Ipswich went through most of last season without a recognised left back, and Kennedy who began his career as a left winger and played for Manchester City under Joe Royle fits the bill.

He has experience and fill one of the voids in Town manager Roy Keane’s team as the Blues look to embark on a much better campaign in the Championship this year after finishing 15th last term.

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It was reported earlier in the week that Ipswich had shown an interest in a Cardiff player, who was not striker Michael Chopra. Gabor Gyepes was believed to be the man Keane was interested in.

But sources in Wales today confirmed that Kennedy was on his way to Suffolk to complete the deal.

Cardiff are cash-strapped and although they have said publically that they are not going to let players go it is no surprise that they agreed to let Kennedy go.

He is expected to become the recognised Town left back ahead of young Shane O’Connor and could feature in friendly matches next week at either Leiston on Tuesday or Bury Town on Wednesday.

Bruce was former Ipswich manager Jim Magilton’s first signing in the summer of 2006, and he briefly held the captaincy position in the early part of last season.

He was loaned out to Leicester City towards the end of last season and played for them in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Town are expected to make another signing next week – perhaps a season-long loan – while Owen Garvan and perhaps Jon Walters could well be on their way out of Portman Road with Crystal Palace and QPR showing interest.

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