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INSPIRATIONAL skipper Matt Holland will be leading Ipswich Town against Brighton at Portman Road tomorrow as speculation continues about his future.Sources say that Premiership Charlton have agreed a knockdown fee with under administration Town believed to be in the region of £2 million.

By Dave Allard

INSPIRATIONAL skipper Matt Holland will be leading Ipswich Town against Brighton at Portman Road tomorrow as speculation continues about his future.

Sources say that Premiership Charlton have agreed a knockdown fee with under administration Town believed to be in the region of £2 million.

The top London contact said: "Matt Holland representatives have had extensive talks with Charlton and if personal terms can be agreed then he will probably go. The talks have been going on for a few weeks."

But today neither Holland, or his manager Joe Royle, would confirm this and his agents were not returning calls.

"I can't comment too much on speculation. I've heard nothing from Charlton. I'm just getting on with my job here and it's a job I enjoy. I'm looking forward to the Brighton game and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season," said Holland.

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But Royle did say that First Division leaders Portsmouth had made an enquiry about Icelandic central defender Hermann Hreidarsson, as they did earlier in the season.

But he said there had been no bid.

Hreidarsson is still possibly a month away from a return to action due to a deep gash injury sustained earlier this month.

There is no doubt that the in administration Blues need to make a big sale, or even two, in order to ease their situation of voluntary administration.

And it has today been revealed that there will be extra time for the cash stricken club to make a sale or sales.

It was believed that 5pm today was the latest that a Premiership club could take a player from a Town club regarded as " a club in distress."

But the Premier League now say that a transfer can be made right up until next Thursday's deadline date. But it has to be at the disgression of the Premier League Board.

Holland has been regularly watched by Charlton manager Alan Curbishley and his assistant Mervyn Day.

The Republic of Ireland captain, who is back in central midfield and scoring again after a spell at central defence, rejected a move to Aston Villa last summer after a £4 million fee had been agreed.

A Holland led Town tomorrow bid to make it seven league games without defeat when they take on relegation battling Brighton at Portman Road.

They have the midfield pair of Darren Ambrose and Tommy Miller back in the squad after injury.