No window shopping for Jim

TRANSFER deadline day came and went without Ipswich boss Jim Magilton adding to his squad.The only Portman Road activity as the January window closed yesterday saw Dean Bowditch and Martin Brittain exit the club.

By Mel Henderson

TRANSFER deadline day came and went without Ipswich boss Jim Magilton adding to his squad.

The only Portman Road activity as the January window closed yesterday saw Dean Bowditch and Martin Brittain exit the club.

While Bowditch has returned to Brighton for a further month, former Newcastle winger Brittain has rejoined Yeovil until the end of the season, when his Town contract is due to expire.

But there is still scope for Ipswich to add to their squad, should Magilton feel it is necessary, through the “emergency” loan window that opens in a week's time.

It was this process that allowed them to sign Gary Roberts on loan from Accrington Stanley in October before making the move permanent in January.

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It may also enable the out-of-favour Darren Currie to find a new club - Derby are the latest club rumoured to be interested - after a proposed move to Millwall failed to materialise.

Former Ipswich loanee Simon Walton has joined promotion-chasing Cardiff on loan from Charlton, while another, Jon Macken, switched to Derby on a free transfer after negotiating his release from Crystal Palace.

Another deal of interest to Ipswich fans saw young defender Aidan Collins join Conference outfit Cambridge United on a non-contract basis, initially for one month.

Meanwhile, Norwich made two new signings in a bid to end a form slump that has seen them slide down the Championship.

The Canaries have managed just one win from their last nine games, a miserable run that leaves them just four points above the drop zone.

Carrow Road boss Peter Grant has brought in fellow Scots and midfield pair Simon Lappin from St Mirren and Mark Fotheringham, who was out of contract after quitting Swiss club Aarau.

Norwich have also parted company with ex-skipper Craig Fleming, who has joined League One strugglers Rotherham, and Carl Robinson, who has agreed to join new Major League Soccer club Toronto FC, managed by former Celtic and Rangers star Mo Johnston.

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