Royle: I still want Big Dunc

IPSWICH Town boss Joe Royle revealed today that a deal to land Duncan Ferguson is still a possibility.The Blues chief made an unsuccessful attempt to get the towering Scotland international target man from his former club Everton on Thursday.

By Dave Allard

IPSWICH Town boss Joe Royle revealed today that a deal to land Duncan Ferguson is still a possibility.

The Blues chief made an unsuccessful attempt to get the towering Scotland international target man from his former club Everton on Thursday.

"My effort to get Duncan was no stunt. It was a very serious attempt," said Royle.

"I know the Everton manager David Moyes very, very well. He's a good friend of mine and so is deputy chairman Bill Kenwright."

Ferguson was signed by Royle in a £4.4million deal from Rangers soon after he landed the Goodison Park job in 1994.

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"He lifted the whole club and did so much to get us away from near the bottom of the Premiership table," said Royle.

"Duncan is a big impact player and he would make a big impact for us if we could get him.

"He's fit again and while I'm certainly not saying we will get him, the possibility of it is certainly not over."

The 31-year-old Ferguson, who has been in and out of the Everton side, has figured in transfer deals totalling almost £20million during his career.

He initially moved from Dundee United to Rangers for £4million and then to Everton for £4.4m. Then Newcastle took the Stirling born player for £7m. His last move was a return to Goodison Park for a fee of £3.75m in August 2000.

MARTIJN Reuser is expected to get back into action on Monday night.

Town's former Dutch international midfield man, who has been out with a groin injury, is expected to play for the reserves against Chelsea at the Aldershot Town ground.

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