Sky Blues issue hands off Dele warning

COVENTRY today issued a hands-off warning to Ipswich over transfer target Dele Adebola.But although Sky Blues boss Micky Adams insisted the 31-year-old striker was going nowhere he also admitted: “Every player has his price.

By Mel Henderson

COVENTRY today issued a hands-off warning to Ipswich over transfer target Dele Adebola.

But although Sky Blues boss Micky Adams insisted the 31-year-old striker was going nowhere he also admitted: “Every player has his price.”

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton was today gearing up for what could be a busy 48 hours of transfer activity ahead of Thursday's deadline.

Town have made an offer to ex-Fulham midfielder Sylvain Legwinski and are waiting to hear from Coventry regarding their inquiry about the availability of Adebola.

Magilton is also keen to extend Charlton utility man Simon Walton's loan period from one month to three, but admitted there is no possibility of keeping West Ham's Mark Noble beyond the three-month agreement already in place.

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The Town boss has also made a tentative inquiry about Liverpool reserve striker Neil Mellor, who was also a target for predecessor Joe Royle.

Magilton said: “I am hoping to hear later today that Sylvain will be joining us. We have made him an offer and it is now up to him and his representatives to decide.

“He would add quality and experience to our squad, which is what we are always trying to do.”

Legwinski, 33, cost in excess of £3million when he was signed by Fulham from Bordeaux in 2001 and he went on to make 164 first team appearances, scoring 12 goals, for the Londoners.

Magilton was also waiting to hear back from Coventry counterpart Adams as to whether he would be prepared to do a deal for Adebola.

The arrival of Scottish international striker Kevin Kyle from Sunderland may convince Adams, who can also call upon Stern John, that he can afford to part company with the former Crewe, Birmingham and Crystal Palace front man.

Coventry have also launched a £500,000 bid to sign Spanish striker Nacho Novo from Scottish club Rangers and might want to recoup some of their expenditure by cashing in on Adebola.

Adams said today: “He's not for sale but every player has his price. As far as I am concerned he is still very much part of my plans here.”

Magilton said: “Dele would give us a physical presence up front and I am waiting to hear from Micky Adams.”

Magilton has also put out feelers regarding Mellor, the son of former Norwich and Manchester City forward Ian Mellor.

He said: “I spoke to Gary Ablett, who is the Liverpool reserve team manager and was in the reserves with me at Anfield about 20 years ago.

“Mellor is in our thoughts but there has been no direct contact with Liverpool about him.”

Ipswich intend to pursue their interest in Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Stephen Ward, who plays for Bohemians, but there will be no deal before Thursday's deadline.

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