Transfer merry-go-round at Town

TWO out and another two - possibly three - in.That looks like being the sum total of Ipswich Town's deadline day transfer activity.Nicky Forster completed his £200,000 move to the Championship's bottom club, Hull, and no sooner had teenager Liam Trotter signed a two-year professional contract than he was on his way to Millwall on a three-month loan.

By Mel Henderson

TWO out and another two - possibly three - in.

That looks like being the sum total of Ipswich Town's deadline day transfer activity.

Nicky Forster completed his £200,000 move to the Championship's bottom club, Hull, and no sooner had teenager Liam Trotter signed a two-year professional contract than he was on his way to Millwall on a three-month loan.

But the question remained as to which players would be arriving at Portman Road.

Town are hoping that Sylvain Legwinski will complete his free transfer move, although the French midfielder still has some unfinished business with Fulham.

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Legwinski, 33, still has almost a year of his Craven Cottage contract to run, although the Londoners are happy to allow him to move on.

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton said: “Sylvain has had his medical and everything is fine, but he still has a few issues to resolve with Fulham and that is holding things up.

“This is quite normal and I don't expect it to be a problem. I am confident he will be an Ipswich player before tonight's deadline.”

The transfer window remains open until midnight, by which time Magilton is also hoping that a new striker will also be on board.

Take your pick, Town fans, from Dele Adebola, Jon Macken and James Hayter, of Coventry, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively.

Magilton is interested in all three, although he only wants to sign one of them, but he also has a mystery target in mind should it look as if he is going to miss out on the other three.

Adebola remains his preferred choice, but Sky Blues boss Micky Adams is proving to be a tough negotiator, which is why Magilton has already agreed a deal in principle for Palace front man Macken.

“Coventry made us aware that Adebola was going to be up for sale and he fits the bill for us, but we have not been able to agree anything yet.

“We are in talks with Crystal Palace for Macken and we are in the hunt for someone else I would prefer not to identify at this stage. We will only take one of them permanently.”

Meanwhile, Hull boss Phil Parkinson today spoke of his delight at finally securing the services of former team-mate Forster to assist the Tigers' bid to climb the table.

Ex-Colchester manager Parkinson said: “I've been looking at Nicky for a long time now. I know him from my time at Reading and Ipswich certainly haven't been keen to let him go.”

“It's a deal we've been working on for some time now.”