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"It’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy."- Ipswich Town sign former Stoke City striker

Town have signed James Alabi on a one year contract Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town have signed former Stoke City striker James Alabi on a one-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old striker has been on trial at Portman Road for the past two weeks, scoring for the Under 21's in the wins over Leeds and Coventry.

Alabi spent two years at Stoke and had loan spells at League clubs Scunthorpe, Mansfield and Accrington Stanley in that time, before being released by the Premier League club in the summer.

“The trial has gone well. I just got my head down and showed the manager what I can do.

I was offered something at Sheffield Wednesday but I knew Ipswich were interested in having a look at me and I’m delighted to have got a contract sorted. Now it’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy.”

– James Alabi

David McGoldrick sets his sights on the Premier League as he signs new Ipswich Town contract

The striker has extended his contract until 2018 Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2018.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored 22 goals in 60 league appearances since joining the club permanently in July 2013.

David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy have been selected for Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

McGoldrick joins Murphy and fellow frontman Freddie Sears in extending his stay at the Blues.

“There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and it’s great to be part of it. We have got a great set of players here and we are going in the right direction. The squad is the best I have known in my time here, with the options we have now. We have got real competition for places all over the pitch. The Premier League where we all want to be and that’s the aim for us this season.”

– David McGoldrick

Freddie Sears signs new Ipswich Town contract

Freddie Sears extends contract at Portman Road until 2019 Credit: PA

Freddie Sears has signed a new contract at Ipswich Town, keeping him at the club for the next four years.

The former Colchester player, who opened his account for the season against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, signed the new deal ahead of tonight’s Championship clash with Burnley.

Sears began his footballing career at West Ham and scored nine goals for the Town last season, after arriving in January.

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Reports: Ipswich Town set to sign Brentford star Douglas

Jonathan Douglas looks set to join Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are reportedly close to signing Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas.

It's understood that the 33-year-old is undergoing a medical at the club's Playford Road training centre this afternoon.

Douglas has fallen out of favour at Griffin Park since the arrival of new Bees boss Marinus Dijkhuizen.

The Irishman captained Brentford last season as they made The Championship play-offs, scoring 8 goals.

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How many goals Douglas scored for Brentford last season.

Ironically, Douglas could make his Ipswich debut at Griffin Park on Saturday when Town get their season underway at Brentford.

Meanwhile, Ipswich youngster Matt Clarke has joined League Two side Portsmouth on loan until January.

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
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