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McCarthy eyes Bournemouth showdown

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy admits that he has one eye on a showdown with Bournemouth as both clubs fight to claim sixth spot.

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Crystal Palace star Jonny Williams set for Ipswich Town loan deal

Jonny Williams starred in The Championship for Palace last season.
Jonny Williams starred in The Championship for Palace last season. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams could be set to join Ipswich Town on loan after the Eagles co-chairman admitted that talks are at an advanced stage.

Steve Parish was quoted in the Croydon Advertiser as saying that the talented Welshman will spend the next month at Portman Road.

20-year-old Williams was a key component of the Palace team that gained promotion to the Premier League last season, and he scored against Ipswich's under-21s on Monday.

"It's pretty much done. He can't be recalled (during that time)," Parish said.

"Jonny is not miles away from the squad, but we might get an injury so we just need to be sensible.

"We had three clubs who wanted him. The manager (Tony Pulis) has got a good relationship with Mick McCarthy.

"Ipswich is a good place for him to go and Jonny is really happy to go there."

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Ipswich Town pair Elliott Hewitt and Jack Marriott agree Gillingham loans

Elliott Hewitt has returned to Gillingham for the second time this season.
Elliott Hewitt has returned to Gillingham for the second time this season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town youngsters Elliott Hewitt and Jack Marriott have both signed loan deals with League One strugglers Gillingham.

Wales Under-21 international Hewitt returns to the Priestfield for the second time this season, after injury cut short an earlier temporary spell with the Gills.

The 19-year-old has agreed a deal that will see him stay in Kent until 30 January, but Town have insisted on a 24 hour recall option.

Jack Marriott has been in good form for Woking this season.
Jack Marriott has been in good form for Woking this season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, striker Marriott has joined Gillingham until the end of the season.

The academy product has recently returned from a prolific loan spell at Woking, and agreed a new contract at Portman Road last month.

Ipswich Town defender Frederic Veseli makes Bury loan switch

Frederic Veseli will spend the next month at Bury.
Frederic Veseli will spend the next month at Bury. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town defender Frederic Veseli has joined League Two strugglers Bury on a month's loan.

The 21-year-old signed for the Tractor Boys in the summer following his release from Manchester United, but has struggled to make an impact so far at Portman Road.

Veseli could make his Bury debut in tomorrow's fixture against Hartlepool United.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy looking forward to renewing Ebanks-Blake partnership

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that he is looking forward to being reunited with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake after signing the forward this week.

The former Manchester United man penned a contract until the end of the season yesterday.

McCarthy believes that it's something of a coup to sign the striker, but admits that his relationship with Ebanks-Blake hasn't always been plain sailing.

Read more: Ipswich Town swoop for Ebanks-Blake

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Stephen Hunt agrees Ipswich Town extension

Stephen Hunt has signed a contract extension.
Stephen Hunt has signed a contract extension. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town winger Stephen Hunt has extended his stay with the club until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old signed a short-term deal with Town last month, but has impressed enough to warrant an extension:

“It goes without saying that I’m delighted to be staying at Ipswich Town,” he told the club's official website.

“When I first came here it was to get my foot in the door so to speak, to see how I got on with the club and how the club got on with me.

“I think I’ve played okay and the manager has shown faith in me. Now I have to improve and show that I merit that longer deal.

“I’m very happy to stay here as I feel really settled and hopefully we can crack on now and push for the top six.”

Hunt is the second man to commit his future to Town today after former Wolves teammate Sylvan Ebanks-Blake also agreed a contract until the end of the season.

Read more: Ipswich Town swoop for Ebanks-Blake

Ipswich Town swoop for Ebanks-Blake

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has signed for Ipswich Town.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has signed for Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on a deal until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old arguably played the best football of his career to date under the management of current Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy at Molineux, most notably bagging The Championship Golden Boot for two consecutive seasons in 2007/08 and 2008/09.

Current Town boss Mick McCarthy got the best out of the forward at Wolves.
Current Town boss Mick McCarthy got the best out of the forward at Wolves. Credit: PA

However, the Cambridge-born forward was released by Wolves following their relegation to League One last season.

Speaking to the club's official website, Ebanks-Blake admitted that his previous links to the Ipswich management team were a key factor in his decision to sign:

“I’m delighted to get the deal done and finally be an Ipswich player.

“It’s been on cards for a while now and I’m just pleased we’ve managed to get everything done and dusted. I’m here now and in the mix with the rest of the lads to play my part for the team.

“I’ve worked with the gaffer and TC [Terry Connor] before and we’ve had a lot of success in the past. They played a big part in me wanting to come here."

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy backs football's integrity in light of spot-fixing scandal

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has defended football's integrity in light of the recent spot-fixing scandal, but says that the honesty of certain individuals should instead be brought into question.

Blackburn Rovers striker and former Town loanee, DJ Campbell, was arrested and bailed this week as part of investigations.

Ipswich Town handed major boost as Aaron Cresswell commits his future to the club

Aaron Cresswell has been in superb form this season.
Aaron Cresswell has been in superb form this season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town star Aaron Cresswell has signed a new contract with the club which will keep him at Portman Road until 2017.

The talented left-back has reportedly attracted plenty of admiring glances from the Premier League during his time in Suffolk, with the likes of West Brom, Aston Villa and Everton all previously linked with his services.

Cresswell in action against Charlton Athletic last month.
Cresswell in action against Charlton Athletic last month. Credit: PA

Many Tractor Boys fans will have feared losing the 23-year-old in January after a series of impressive performances so far this season.

However, speaking to the club's official website, Cresswell says that signing the contract hasn't signalled the end of his ambitions to play in the top flight:

“I am really enjoying my football here. There is a good feel about the place and it’s enjoyable coming to work every day.

“I feel I have progressed as a player and like any professional, I want to get to the top and that means playing in the Premier League. Hopefully I can do that with Ipswich.”

Jack Marriott has also signed a new contract.
Jack Marriott has also signed a new contract. Credit: PA

In a further boost, young striker Jack Marriott has also committed his future to Town by signing a new contract until 2015.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Woking.

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