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Ipswich Town to offer deals to trialists Coke and Touré

Giles Coke. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that the club will offer deals to trialists Giles Coke and Larsen Touré.

Former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Coke and Guinean winger Touré will both be staying at Portman Road after impressing.

Town drew their last pre-season game against Dutch side FC Utrecht 1-1 yesterday. They start their Championship campaign at Brentford next week.

Larsen Touré. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Giles and Larsen will be staying with us, they’ve both been offered deals.

I knew about Giles anyway from him playing against us over the years and I’ve always liked him as a player. He’s come in and done really well.

Larsen impressed me as soon as he walked through the door and trained with us. He’s definitely got something and I’m delighted to get both of them on board.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Mackail-Smith targeting title challenge after sealing Luton Town move

Craig Mackail-Smith has joined Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed former Peterborough United striker Craig Mackail-Smith on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old has been training with the Hatters this summer after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion.

Several other clubs, including Southend United, had been interested in the forward but the Hatters have now won the race for his signature.

Mackail-Smith once scored 35 goals in one season for Posh as they were promoted to The Championship in 2011.

Craig Mackail-Smith is targeting promotion. Credit: PA

"I feel this club has a fantastic chance to push through the leagues and I want to be a part of that.

I want to enjoy my football again and I know that this club is going places. John Still has put together a fantastic squad with great quality. This team can definitely challenge at the top this season.”

– Craig Mackail-Smith, Luton Town


Fans gather to honour former Peterborough United manager Chris Turner

Thousands of football fans gathered at Peterborough United's stadium this afternoon for a match between Posh and Cambridge United.

The game was put on to honour the former manager of both clubs, Chris Turner, who died earlier this year.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Northampton Town swoop for former Southampton man Hoskins

Sam Hoskins has joined Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Southampton striker Sam Hoskins on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old has agreed a one-year contract after impressing while on trial.

He was released by Yeovil Town at the end of last season.

Ivan Toney looks set to join Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Hoskins could replace Cobblers forward Ivan Toney who's believed to be training with Premier League side Newcastle United today with a view to joining them on a permanent deal.

Southend United agree deal to sign striker Hunt

Noel Hunt celebrates scoring for Ipswich Town against Charlton Athletic last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed former Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old was allowed to leave Portman Road at the end of last season after he wasn't offered a new deal.

Now, the Irishman has agreed a one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at the League One side.

"He's an ambitious lad and is a feisty character. Hopefully he'll bring all that to the party and I'm really looking forward to working with him and the rest of the team.

It's a massive coup and probably my biggest signing since I've been here. It's a sign of the backing from the owner once again that we've managed to get him in.”

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager


Ipswich Town confirm Knudsen signing

Jonas Knudson. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Esbjerg left-back Jonas Knudsen.

The 22-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at Portman Road, with the option of a further 12 months, and moves for an undisclosed fee.

Knudsen has two senior caps for Denmark.

He will wear the number three shirt which was vacated by Tyrone Mings who moved to AFC Bournemouth earlier this summer.

Former Norwich City manager Adams returns to Carrow Road

Neil Adams is back at Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City have confirmed that former manager Neil Adams has returned to the club.

Adams resigned in January with the Canaries stuttering in The Championship, and was replaced by Hamilton Academical boss Alex Neil.

After a break away from football, Neil is now back at Carrow Road and will oversee the development of Norwich players who move on loan to other clubs.

"We are delighted to welcome Neil back to Colney as we said we would when his time as our manager came to an end in January.

Neil has always been a fantastic servant to this Football Club and his knowledge of players, his coaching experience and his understanding of the modern loan market will all be a huge asset in this newly-created role.

This will help the club to ensure our players receive maximum benefit from their time spent on loan and provide best-in-class monitoring of their progress while playing with other clubs.

In addition, the loan market is an increasingly significant element of financial activity for top clubs and Neil will be responsible for helping us to maximise our efficiency in this area of our strategy.”

– David McNally, Norwich City Chief Executive

Adams says that he is glad to be back and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Adams says that he's looking forward to getting started. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I’m really pleased to be back at the club.

It's a key new role and I’m looking forward to getting started straight away.”

– Neil Adams, Norwich City Loans Manager

Norwich City manager Neil admits interest in former Blackburn goalkeeper Kean

Jake Kean. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has confirmed that the club are interested in signing former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean.

The 24-year-old left The Championship side by mutual consent earlier today and is now a free agent.

Speaking at a press conference at Norwich's Colney training base this afternoon, Neil admitted that he would like to bring in the stopper to add competition for places in the goalkeeping department.

If Kean makes the move to Carrow Road, he would provide competition for John Ruddy and Declan Rudd.

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