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McCarthy happy with forward line despite failed bids

Mick McCarthy was unable t add any more players to his forward department. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has admitted the club failed in late bids to sign new strikers ahead of last night's transfer deadline.

Town were in the market for new forward recruits after selling Daryl Murphy to Newcastle United for £3 million last weekend.

McCarthy did manage to secure a loan deal for Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams but wasn't able to add further to his squad.

“We had bids in for strikers but for one reason or another, they didn’t come off. That happens," he told the clubs official website.

“I’m cool with what we have. We’ve got good players here. Brett Pitman, Freddie Sears, Leon Best, Luke Varney. We’ve got David McGoldrick to come back. Tom Lawrence can play up front, Grant Ward too.

"We have reinvested the money we got for Daryl Murphy with the players we have brought in and we will look to add to the squad again in January."


Crystal Palace's Williams signs up for fourth Ipswich spell

Jonny Williams will spend another season on loan at Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams on loan for a fourth time.

The Welsh international has already had three loan spells at Portman Road.

The 22-year-old will now spend the rest of the season with Mick McCarthy's side after impressing for Wales at Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, winger Cameron Stewart has left the club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

With no loans after today, we had to get it done now and when I knew Ipswich wanted me, it was a no-brainer.

I’ve had some great times at Ipswich and played some of the best football of my career here, especially in the first spell I had.

– Jonny Williams, Ipswich Town

Midfielder Williams set for fourth Ipswich Town loan spell

Jonny Williams could be returning to Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has been strongly linked with a return to Ipswich Town.

The Welsh international has had three loan spells already at Portman Road and is set for a fourth.

It's believed he's close to joining on a season-long loan and the deal should be completed before tonight's transfer deadline.

Leicester City's Lawrence joins Ipswich Town on loan

Tom Lawrence will spend the season on loan at Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have completed their second signing of the day, with Leicester City's Tom Lawrence joining on a season-long loan.

The attacking midfielder has previously spent time on loan at Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers and started his career at Manchester United.

The Welsh international moved to The King Power Stadium in 2014 but has struggled to break into the first team.

Lawrence joins striker Leon Best in making the switch to Portman Road.

I think there were a few clubs interested but Ipswich are a club that always seem to be up at the top end of the Championship.

I want to be at a club that has ambition and wants to push for promotion and hopefully we can do that here.

I have played in the Championship before and it looks as though it could be the toughest year yet with the clubs in the division but we’ve got a good squad here and I’m looking forward to it.

– Tom Lawrence, Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town wrap up signing of trialist Leon Best

Leon Best has completed his move to Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed striker Leon Best on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old has been on trial at the club this summer and has impressed enough to earn a one-year deal.

Best was last at Rotherham United and has also played for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers.

The former Republic of Ireland international will help fill the void left by Daryl Murphy who joined Newcastle United over the weekend.

Leon did well last week. I was impressed.

He knows this league. He’s got that physical presence and he will add to the options we have got up front. We are delighted to have him here.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Ipswich confirm striker Daryl Murphy signs for Newcastle

Striker Daryl Murphy. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed that they have sold striker Daryl Murphy to Newcastle United for a fee believed to be around £3 million.

Ipswich say they will re-invest the money before the transfer window closes on Wednesday (August 31).

Manager Mick McCarthy described it as a good move for both Murphy and the club.

Murph has been terrific for us but I think we have been good for him as well.

I hope he goes up there and is a big success for them because he’s been a great servant for Ipswich Town. Good luck to him.

Newcastle probably think they can get back to the Premier League so it’s a good move for him but it’s a good deal for us as well and we will reinvest the money.

I’ve no doubt we will get someone in. I’ve been on the phone non-stop recently so we will see what happens over the next few days.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy hands in transfer request

Striker Daryl Murphy featured in last weekend's East Anglian derby Credit: PA

Ipswich Town could be set to lose their star striker after Daryl Murphy reportedly handed in a transfer request.

The Republic of Ireland international has been attracting interest from Newcastle United and it's believed a fee has now been agreed.

Murphy was The Championships's top scorer in 2014/15 with 27 goals.

Ipswich Town condemn 'idiotic behaviour' at East Anglian derby

Ipswich Town's Adam Webster and Norwich City's Cameron Jerome (right) Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have condemned the "idiotic behaviour" of some fans after flares were let off during Sunday's East Anglian derby.

Several people had to be treated for breathing in smoke following the incidents at Portman Road.

Two people have since been arrested and Ipswich say they're working closely with police to identify those responsible.

Despite the trouble, police said the majority of the 23,000 crowd were "responsible and respectful."

We obviously condemn the idiotic behaviour of those who set off flares inside the stadium and are working closely with the police to identify the culprits.

We understand two arrests have already been made over the matter.

– Ipswich Town FC
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