Magilton primed for further activity

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton is primed for further transfer activity in the next few days.Magilton's priority is to bank six points from two home games against Southampton on Saturday and Coventry the following Tuesday.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton is primed for further transfer activity in the next few days.

Magilton's priority is to bank six points from two home games against Southampton on Saturday and Coventry the

following Tuesday.


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But he is also looking to take advantage of the fact that the

closure of the August transfer window will not prevent him from adding to his squad via the loan market.

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This was at the back of Magilton's mind as he completed deals last week to bring in Sylvain Legwinski and Jon Macken, both of whom are in line for their Town debuts against George Burley's un-

beaten Saints.

Magilton said: “Without a shadow of a doubt I am looking to bring in one or two more bodies and I have a few people in mind.

“There is a seven-day period, once the deadline passes, when clubs can't do anything. Once that is over we can sign players on loan, which is something I definitely intend to do.

“We are going to need strength in depth and competition for places over the remainder of the season.

“I didn't want to rush things last week. We got Sylvain and Jon in - and they are going to make a big difference - but I always knew that I could bring in others on loan.”

Magilton is playing his cards close to his chest for fear of any potential moves being hijacked, but two players who will not be joining the Portman Road revolution are Bob Malcolm and Phil Mulryne.

Defender Malcolm, who was freed by Rangers, has signed for Derby County, while ex-Manchester United and Norwich midfielder Mulryne, who has turned out for the Town second string after being released by Cardiff, is not a signing target.

Magilton said: “We are simply helping Phil out. After he left Cardiff he needed a base, somewhere to train and get himself fit as he looked to find a new club.

“Phil and I go back a long way and he also knows Alan Lee well from their time together at Ninian Park, so it made sense for him to come here.

“He's a good lad and a good player and we're pleased to help him out. But Phil knows the score, that there is nothing doing here.”

Dutch trialist Joey van den Berg, a 20-year-old striker formerly with Heerenveen, has returned to Holland after suffering a hamstring strain.

Magilton said: “It was pointless him staying here because he was unable to do anything. It is possible we will take another look at him at a later date.”

Meanwhile, Finnish international Njazi Kuqi played in last night's 1-0 reserve win at Stevenage, the only goal coming from Danny Haynes with a first-half penalty.

Mulryne and Bury Town defender, Ian Miller, were also in the Town side at Broadhall Way.

Kuqi, younger brother of former Portman Road favourite Shefki Kuqi, was released by Birmingham at the end of last season and later signed by Groningen, although he quit Holland in mid-August after a disagreement.

Magilton said: “Njazi is well known to us.

“He was here on trial before Birmingham paid good money to sign him and with him being Shefki's brother we were happy to give him a chance.”

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