Town look at trialists
IPSWICH are taking a look at two more foreign trialists.French left-back Delis Ahou and Dutch striker Iwan Redan are due in town later today.They will join a third trialist, former Burnley and QPR central defender Arthur Gnohere, in training tomorrow.
By Mel Henderson
IPSWICH are taking a look at two more foreign trialists.
French left-back Delis Ahou and Dutch striker Iwan Redan are due in town later today.
They will join a third trialist, former Burnley and QPR central defender Arthur Gnohere, in training tomorrow.
French star Gnohere, 27, trained at Bent Lane yesterday with the senior squad and all three will feature in a behind-closed-doors game later in the week.
Ahou, 21, is currently with Ajaccio GFCO, a team at the bottom of the National League, the equivalent of the Third Division in France, and has played 13 times this season.
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Redan, 25, has already had trials this season with Championship clubs Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday.
He is with Willem II, where his team-mates include ex-Ipswich favourite Martijn Reuser, and has only made two substitute appearances in the current campaign.
Redan started out with home-town side Sparta Rotterdam and has also played for Vitesse, Roosendaal, RKC Waalwijk and Roda JC in Holland's top flight, scoring 26 goals in a total of 95 appearances.
Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock was sufficiently impressed when Redan was at Hillsborough earlier in the season to express an interest in signing him on loan during the January transfer window.
But he has now switched his attention elsewhere and Redan, who has netted eight times in 34 appearances for his current club, has decided to try his luck at Portman Road.
Town boss Joe Royle said: “We have always specified that we are looking for a left-back and a striker in the transfer window.
“Ahou and Redan will be available on free transfers - at worst in the summer. At best, we could sign them next month.
“Gnohere doesn't have a club at the moment. He had a knee operation six months ago and is only now fully fit and ready to resume playing.
“He did well for both Burnley and QPR so I want to have a look at him, as well at the other two trialists.
“There may be others coming in, but let's wait and see how we get on with these three first.”
It is a statement of intent by Town that they do not intend to languish in mid-table but instead join the fight for a top six slot.
Royle added: “We are currently six points off the play-offs and we are only half-way through the season.
“For all the doom and gloom out there, we don't see ourselves as a struggling side. The situation is nowhere near as bad as some people are making out.
“We still have cash in the loan budget and we would love to sign Gavin Williams on a permanent basis when his loan spell is up.”
Meanwhile, Royle confirmed that midfielder Kevin Horlock is progressing well after missing the last two games with a knee injury.
He is likely to be available for the forthcoming festive programme of four games in eight days and Town have no fresh concerns over the fitness of any other players.