Jim to switch search

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton is ready to switch his search for a new striker to the continent.Magilton has been linked with several players in this country but has yet to find one he wants and can afford.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton is ready to switch his search for a new striker to the continent.

Magilton has been linked with several players in this country but has yet to find one he wants and can afford.

With just over two weeks of the January transfer window remaining, the Town chief is taking the opportunity this weekend to cast his eye over a couple of foreign stars who have been recommended.

I understand that once today's Championship fixture at Sunderland is out of the way Magilton will turn his attention to a spying mission abroad.

Then he will be back to prepare his squad for Tuesday's crucial FA Cup third round replay against Chester, a game in which victory will add to his spending power in the transfer market.

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Town will face Swansea at home in the fourth round and that is a game the club did not budget for at the start of the season.

Magilton and his team of scouts have scoured the country in search of a player with a decent scoring record to help increase the goals output at Portman Road.

Ipswich went into today's game at the Stadium of Light having netted just eight times in ten games - and drawing a complete blank in four of them - since their 3-1 home defeat of Norwich in November.

While they are still outscoring many of their Championship rivals, Magilton is concerned at the way the goals have dried up in recent weeks and is keen to bring in a proven marksman.

But the way prices have rocketed in recent weeks, best illustrated by Rowan Vine's £2.5 million move from Luton to Birmingham, has made their task that much greater.

Out-of-favour Sheffield United star Steve Kabba is just one of several strikers with whom Magilton has been linked since the transfer window opened.

They have also checked on Oldham's Chris Porter, Andy Bishop of Bury and Scunthorpe's Billy Sharp, among others.

Ipswich have allowed 20-year-old defender James Krause to extend his loan stay at Carlisle until the end of the season.

Krause has so far made two first team starts during his two-month temporary stint, which was due to end on January 20.

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