Royals keen on Blues keeper Marshall

UP for grabs Ipswich Town keeper Andy Marshall is a Reading target.Alan Pardew, manager of a Royals side beaten in the First Division play-off semi-finals by Wolves, is very keen on a player free transfer listed by Ipswich chief Joe Royle.

By Dave Allard

UP for grabs Ipswich Town keeper Andy Marshall is a Reading target.

Alan Pardew, manager of a Royals side beaten in the First Division play-off semi-finals by Wolves, is very keen on a player free transfer listed by Ipswich chief Joe Royle.

Marshall, who has not gone on Town's tour to Scandinavia, would be keen on a move to the Madejski Stadium.

But putting together a suitable deal for the mega-wages stopper may be the stumbling block.

Stoke City have also been making enquiries about the former Norwich and England Under-21 man.

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Manager Tony Pulis once took Marshall on loan from Carrow Road when manager at Gillingham.

Reading's first choice keeper at present is Marcus Hahnemann, the American international signed on a free transfer from Fulham.

They also have two young and inexperienced back-up keepers in Jamie Ashdown and Jamie Young.

The Royals need another experienced last line of defence to compete with Hahnemann.

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