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Ipswich Town set to sign former Leeds United goalkeeper Kenny

Paddy Kenny in action for Leeds United last season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are understood to be closing in on the signing of goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

The 36-year-old was released by Bolton Wanderers this afternoon, and is expected to sign a deal with Town until the end of the season.

Kenny will add competition for places in the goalkeeping department, with current understudy Dean Gerken out injured.

Ipswich Town manager McCarthy hails new signing Sears

Mick McCarthy thinks that Freddie Sears will be a good signing for the club. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that new signing Freddie Sears will be a "real asset".

Town completed a deal to bring the Colchester United striker to Portman Road earlier today, with Sears penning a contract until June 2017.

The 25-year-old could make his debut in tomorrow's trip to Millwall, and McCarthy believes that he will prove to be an astute addition.

Sears has scored 14 goals this season. Credit: PA

“Freddie blasted on to the scene with West Ham in the Premier League and I can remember him scoring when they beat us in my time at Wolves.

I’ve always kept half an eye on him and of course. He has been playing up the road at Colchester and whenever I have seen him play, he has done well.

He’s scored 14 goals this season and with all due respect, that is for a club that has been scrapping at the bottom of the league.

He was a prodigious young talent at West Ham and he probably made the step backwards to go forwards again, which he has done. He’s older now and stronger and he’s a good signing for us. He will be a real asset.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Ipswich Town close in on the signing of Colchester United's Sears

Freddie Sears is expected to join Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are closing in on the signing of Colchester United striker Freddie Sears.

The former West Ham forward has been in prolific form in a struggling U's team this season, scoring 14 goals, and his contract is due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

As a result, Colchester have decided to cash in on their star man to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

If the deal is completed in time, Sears could feature in tomorrow's trip to Millwall.


East Anglian derby switched for live TV coverage

Lewis Grabban celebrates Norwich City's winner at Portman Road. Credit: PA

The East Anglian derby between Norwich City and Ipswich Town has been moved to Sunday 1 March 2015 for live TV coverage.

The match at Carrow Road was originally pencilled in for Saturday 28 February, but will now take place a day later with a 2.05pm kick-off.

The game is likely to have a lot riding on it, with both sides currently competing at the top of The Championship.

Norwich won the reverse fixture at Portman Road, with a header from Lewis Grabban ensuring that all three points returned to Norfolk.

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