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Joe: I want Nicky

PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:56 02 March 2010

IPSWICH boss Joe Royle today confirmed his interest in signing experienced striker Nicky Forster.

And Royle, currently on holiday in Majorca, also revealed that he has not given up on keeping in-demand midfielder Tommy Miller at Portman Road.

IPSWICH boss Joe Royle today confirmed his interest in signing experienced striker Nicky Forster.

And Royle, currently on holiday in Majorca, also revealed that he has not given up on keeping in-demand midfielder Tommy Miller at Portman Road.

The Town boss will not be back at his desk until Monday week, but is busily engaged in on-going talks with three out-of-contract stars via his mobile phone.

Skipper Jim Magilton and top scorer Shefki Kuqi, along with Miller, are all considering offers to stay put.

If Royle could successfully persuade all three to pledge their futures to Ipswich it would prevent the need for him to scan the free transfer list in his quest for replacements.

At the moment Royle's priority is to sign a striker and plug the gap caused by Darren Bent's recent £3million move to Charlton.

And he is also closing in on an experienced goalkeeper, with Kelvin Davis likely to complete his £1.25m switch to Sunderland later today.

Davis intended being at The Stadium of Light yesterday to undergo a medical and complete the other formalities.

But he was forced to abandon his plans when he was stranded in Spain with his family after a short holiday on the Costa del Sol.

He waited in vain at Malaga Airport for eight hours for a plane fault to be repaired and was hoping for better luck today, when the deal is likely to be concluded.

Royle, meanwhile, is understood to be in pole position to snatch Forster away from a number of other Championship outfits.

He said: “Nicky Forster is definitely a player who interests us but that's all I am going to say on the subject. There is nothing imminent.

“I am over here on holiday but I am not completely switched off. I am still talking to Tommy, Jim and Shefki about their contracts.

“No decisions have been made, it's all still very open and I respect the fact that the lads have a lot to consider.

“I have had a definite yes from Fabian (Wilnis). He is accepting our offer of another year and I'm delighted about that.”

Goalkeeper Davis has admitted the opportunity to join Sunderland in the top flight was one he had to take.

He said: “In many ways it was an easy decision, but in others it was very hard. I've loved playing for Ipswich.

“It's a brilliant club and, in the time I've been there, I can count on one hand the number of people I haven't got on with.

“On the other hand, this is a great opportunity for me.

“It's a chance to join a Premiership club, with passionate fans and terrific facilities.

“I'll always remember my time at Portman Road with great fondness and my relationship with the fans was very special and I always tried to play with a smile on my face.”

Forster, 31, is a free agent after rejecting Reading's 12-month offer and news of his availability has alerted a number of clubs.

But Town look to be ahead of Championship rivals Burnley, Millwall, QPR, Stoke and Watford in the race to capture the former Gillingham and Birmingham star, who spent six years at the Madejski Stadium.

Royle is ready to offer Forster a two-year deal and is confident of making him his first close-season signing.

But the Town boss is just as keen to hang on to 35-goal pair Miller and Kuqi, whose

availability on free transfers has led to interest from several clubs.

Miller is on honeymoon until the weekend, when he will announce whether he is

staying at Ipswich or joining one of five interested clubs - Wigan, Sunderland, Leeds, Crystal Palace and Celtic.

Kuqi, who netted 20 times last season, may also have other offers to consider, while 36-year-old skipper Magilton is likely to be in his usual place come the big kick-off.


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