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Where Adam Webster transfer will rank in Ipswich Town’s most lucrative all-time sales

PUBLISHED: 09:09 28 June 2018

Town sold Connor Wickham to Sunderland for an initial £8m. Photo: Action Images

Town sold Connor Wickham to Sunderland for an initial £8m. Photo: Action Images

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Adam Webster will become Ipswich Town’s seventh most lucrative sale of all time if he completes a £3.5m switch to Bristol City later today. STUART WATSON looks at who is on that list.

Town bought Tyrone Mings for £10k and sold him for £8.1m. Photo: Sarah Lucy BrownTown bought Tyrone Mings for £10k and sold him for £8.1m. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

1 – TYRONE MINGS

• Town bought for: £10k from Chippenham Town

• Town record: 49 starts (15 sub apps), 1 goal

• Moved to: Bournemouth

• When: June 2015

• Fee: £8.1m with potential to rise to £10m

The powerful young left-back was picked up from Wiltshire non-league club Chippenham Town (Southern Premier League) for a nominal fee of £10k in December 2012.

It was a chance signing, with Blues legend Russell Osman – whose son Toby played for Chippenham at the time – recommending him to the Blues. Mick McCarthy then saw enough in a trial game to take a punt.

And what a punt it turned out to be. The former mortgage broker brilliantly filled the shoes of Aaron Cresswell at Portman Road, playing a key role in Town’s sixth-place finish of 2014/15.

Connor Wickham set the record transfer fee for a Football League player joining a Premier League club in 2011. Photo: ARCHANTConnor Wickham set the record transfer fee for a Football League player joining a Premier League club in 2011. Photo: ARCHANT

That earned him a multi-million pound move to newly-promoted Premier League side Bournemouth.

An early knee injury set him back a year, but the 25-year-old is now vying for a regular starting spot in Eddie Howe’s top-flight team.

MORE: Adam Webster set to join Bristol City for £3.5m

2 – CONNOR WICKHAM

• Town bought for: Homegrown

• Town record: 37 starts (35 sub apps), 15 goals

• Moved to: Sunderland

Kieron Dyer joined Newcastle United for £6.5m. Picture: ARCHANTKieron Dyer joined Newcastle United for £6.5m. Picture: ARCHANT

• When: June 2011

• Fee: £8m with potential to rise to £12m

A boy in a man’s body, the Colchester-born striker made his Blues debut not long after his 16th birthday to become the club’s youngest-ever player.

His reputation rocketed over the next couple of seasons as he scored 13 goals in the Championship – including a hat-trick at Doncaster – and soon plenty of Premier League clubs were vying for the England U21 international’s signature.

It was Sunderland who got the deal done, paying £8m – with the potential to rise to £12m – in the summer of 2011. It was a record fee for a player moving from the Football League to the top-flight.

Injuries meant he never quite got going during four years with the Black Cats and, following loans at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, he joined Crystal Palace for £7m in the summer of 2015.

MORE: ‘You can replace a centre-half easier than a goalscorer’ – Town fans react to news of Webster move

Titus Bramble moved to Newcastle United in 2002. Photo: ARCHANTTitus Bramble moved to Newcastle United in 2002. Photo: ARCHANT

3 – KIERON DYER

• Town bought for: Homegrown

• Town record: 105 starts (13 sub apps), 14 goals

• Moved to: Newcastle

• When: July 1999

• Fee: £6.5m

The Whitton boy was almost let go by the Blues for being ‘too small’. What a mistake that would have been.

It was apparent very soon after making his debut aged 17 that the club had a special talent on their hands.

The versatile youngster was desperate to reach the promised land with his beloved Blues, but Town were forced to cash in on their England U21 international after three successive seasons of play-off agony.

Keeper Richard Wright signed for Arsenal. Picture: ARCHANTKeeper Richard Wright signed for Arsenal. Picture: ARCHANT

He went on to be capped 33 times by England and was part of a superb Newcastle side that finished fourth, third and fifth in the Premier League under Sir Bobby Robson.

George Burley used the transfer funds to sign the likes of Jermaine Wright, John McGreal and Marcus Stewart, with the Blues promoted the very next season.

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4 – TITUS BRAMBLE

• Town bought for: Homegrown

• Town record: 53 starts, 9 sub apps, 4 goals

• Moved to: Newcastle

Aaron Cresswell left the Blues for West Ham in a £3.75m move. Picture: PAGEPIX LTDAaron Cresswell left the Blues for West Ham in a £3.75m move. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

• When: July 2002

• Fee: £6m

Ipswich boy Bramble joined Dyer at St James’ Park after his marauding centre-back displays caught the eye during Town’s two seasons in the top-flight.

His risk-taking style of play led to some goals being conceded which made him a figure of fun for some, but in reality that approach was ahead of its time given everyone is now looking for the next John Stones.

Ended up playing 10 consecutive seasons in the Premier League – five with the Magpies, three with Wigan and three more with Sunderland.

MORE: Town lead the chase for winger Roberts

5 – RICHARD WRIGHT

Daryl Murphy departed in a big money move for Newcastle. Picture: PAGEPIX LTDDaryl Murphy departed in a big money move for Newcastle. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

• Town bought for: Homegrown

• Town record: 298 starts

• Moved to: Arsenal

• When: July 2001

• Fee: £6m

Had racked up nearly 300 appearances for his hoemtown club, and been capped by England, when Arsene Wenger came calling following Town’s remarkable fifth-place Premier League finish in 2000/011.

Ipswich used much of the money on signing Matteo Sereni from Lazio, while Wright was largely a frustrated back-up man for both Arsenal and Everton before returning to Town in 2008.

Has has spent the last four years at Manchester City, where he never made an appearance.

MORE: Which of these 14 young players will be key for Town in 2018/19?

6 – Aaron Cresswell

• Bought from: Tranmere (£240k rising to £520k) in September 2011

• Sold to: West Ham (£3.75m rising to £7m) in July 2014

7 – Marcus Stewart

• Bought from: Huddersfield (£2.5m) in February 2000

• Sold to: Sunderland (£3.25m) in August 2002

8 – David Johnson

• Bought from: Bury (£1.1m) in 1997

• Sold to: Nottingham Forest (£3.5m) in January 2001

9 – Daryl Murphy

• Bought from: Celtic (free) in June 2013

• Sold to: Newcastle (£3m rising to £4m) in August 2016

10 – James Scowcroft

• Bought from: Homegrown

• Sold to: Leicester City (£3m) in July 2001

11 – Darren Bent

• Bought from: Homegrown

• Sold to: Charlton (£2.5m rising to £3m) in June 2005

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