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Steven Taylor: No Ipswich Town deal for defender

Steven Taylor will have to find a new club. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed that defender Steven Taylor won't be offered a new contract at Portman Road.

The former Newcastle United centre-back joined on a short-term deal in January and was given the chance to extend his stay.

However, Town have decided against the move because they feel they've got another cover at the back.

We have brought in Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa in recent weeks to add to what we already have at the back.

Both Jordan and Dominic are very versatile players that can cover full-back and centre-back positions and we have good competition for places at the back now so we won’t be doing anything with Tayls.

He’s a great pro and he will do a good job for someone. We wish him well.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have re-signed defender Cole Kpekawa from Barnsley.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with the U's in 2014, and has now agreed a permanent contract.

Josh Emmanuel: Rotherham loan Ipswich right-back

Josh Emmanuel has signed for Rotherham United on loan. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town right-back Josh Emmanuel has completed a season-long loan move to League One side Rotherham United.

The 19-year-old is behind Jordan Spence in the pecking order at Portman Road and Town are keen for him to get more first team football.

Emmanuel joins teammate Kieffer Moore in making the switch to Yorkshire.

Town have included an option to recall Emmanuel if required.


Ipswich Town duo set for Rotherham United loan moves

Kieffer Moore (left) and Josh Emmanuel (right) are likely to spend next season on loan at Rotherham. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker Kieffer Moore has joined League One side Rotherham United on a season-long loan, and teammate Josh Emmanuel is expected to follow suit.

The pair featured in Saturday's 5-0 friendly win over Irish club Drogheda United, with Moore getting himself on the scoresheet, but both have been now been given the go ahead to complete temporary moves to Yorkshire.

Moore joined Town from Forest Green Rovers in January, while right-back Emmanuel signed a new contract at Portman Road last November.

He played against us last year and did well. We spoke to a few people about him and it was all good news. He has got some amazing attributes. He is really keen and ready to learn. He is very athletic and very strong and it is another striker to add to our attacking force.

Kieffer's arrival now gives us more options. I have always said the more strikers and the more competition I can get up front the better.

– Paul Warne, Rotherham United manager
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