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Northampton Town striker Nicholls heads to Exeter City on loan

Alex Nicholls in action for Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town striker Alex Nicholls has joined League Two strugglers Exeter City on a month's loan.

The 26-year-old has missed the last 22 months after suffering a horrific double leg break, and will hope to get first team football in Devon.

Nicholls signed a new contract with the Cobblers this summer.

"Alex has done wonderfully well to get back to where he is now.

The next stage for him is to be playing regular first team football and this move will give him the opportunity to do that.

Playing regularly will help him, we will monitor his progress closely and we wish him every success in the next few weeks."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Leicester City drop McGoldrick interest after failing to meet Ipswich's valuation

David McGoldrick looks set to stay at Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town could now be set to keep star striker David McGoldrick after Premier League club Leicester City refused to meet the club's valuation.

Manager Mick McCarthy confirmed over the weekend that a bid had been submitted by the Foxes, but they appear to have now dropped their interest.

It's understood that Town were asking for a fee in the region of £8million for McGoldrick, who scored 16 goals in The Championship last season.

However, Crystal Palace are also reportedly interested in signing the former Nottingham Forest man, although they could move for Leicester's Chris Wood instead.


Norwich City close in on Thompson and Miquel deals

Louis Thompson could be joining Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City could be set to sign promising Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson, according to reports.

It's thought that the Canaries are prepared to pay £600,000 to land the 19-year-old, although that fee could rise to £1.3million.

Norwich would then loan him back to the League One side for the season.

Thompson had attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs, but Norwich appear to have won the race for his signature.

Ignasi Miquel is thought to have passed a medical at Norwich City. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Neil Adams could also add to his defensive options with Arsenal centre back Ignasi Miquel closing in on a £1.5million move.

The Spaniard is surplus to requirements at Arsenal, and is understood to have passed a medical in Norwich this morning.

21-year-old Miquel spent time on loan at Leicester City last season, helping the Foxes to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Police thank fans after peaceful East Anglian derby

Ipswich fans relax ahead of yesterday's big game Credit: PA

Suffolk Police have thanked fans of Ipswich and Norwich for their behaviour ahead of the East Anglian derby.

Policing operations commander, Insp Matt Rose, said the game had been a fantastic sporting event for the two clubs.

"We would like to highlight the good-natured spirit shown by both sets of supporters in the build-up to the game and then afterwards.

We hope they felt we were firm, yet fair with our decisions and tactics to ensure they enjoyed the atmosphere, the game and their journeys to and from the ground.”

– Inspector Matt Rose

There were two arrests carried out for low-level trouble,


Norwich City take honours in 'Old Farm' clash

Lewis Grabban scores for Norwich City Credit: PA Images

Norwich City have taken the honours in the first A140 derby match for more than three years.

Lewis Grabban netted for the Canaries in the 23rd minute. Ipswich had their chances too, Daryl Murphy just put wide from a superb Jay Tabb cross.

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Ipswich Town prepared to let Wordsworth leave

Anthony Wordsworth is heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he is willing to allow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth to leave the club.

The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a first team place at Portman Road since joining from Colchester United last year.

“I have spoken to him and he’s available now to go out on loan or to join a club permanently.

He needs to be out there playing games.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
Darren Ambrose is training with Ipswich. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, McCarthy also admitted that former fans' favourite Darren Ambrose is training with Town, but doesn't expect things to progress any further.

"It’s not a trial or anything like that. It’s just like Jack Collison who is also with us. Darren asked if he can train with us.

We’re happy to let him do that but it’s no more than that."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
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