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Ipswich Town boss McCarthy delighted with Murphy form

Daryl Murphy hit a brace in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that in-form striker Daryl Murphy is playing "some of the best football of his career" after the Irishman hit a brace in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Murphy hit a goal in either half to put Town into a 2-1 lead, but Michail Antonio's last minute leveller broke Ipswich hearts.

Murphy has now scored six goals in The Championship this season. Credit: PA

The result moves Ipswich into The Championship top six.

Despite the late setback, McCarthy was delighted with his team's performance and reserved special praise for his six-goal forward.

"They were two great goals from a striker playing some of the best football of his career and enjoying his football.

I have known him for a long time and Terry Connor is one of the best coaches of strikers I have seen. He's worked wonders with him."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Ipswich Town manager McCarthy: "We want to get promoted"

Mick McCarthy is setting his sights on promotion. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy believes that his team can be involved in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season.

Town are currently on an impressive six match unbeaten run, and recently won four games in a row.

A 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday means that Ipswich are now just two points off the top two in The Championship, and McCarthy is setting his sights on top flight football next term.

"I'm happy with the squad and even though it's a dirty word and we can't mention it, we want to get promoted.

We set off with designs of the top six. I don't think we're one of the best teams or best squads in the league, although we're a competent squad, hard to beat and we've certainly improved.

We'll keep scrapping away and see where we end up."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Ipswich Town land Palace star Williams for a second time

Jonny Williams has joined Ipswich Town for a second time. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has joined Ipswich Town on loan for a second time.

The Welsh international made a big impact during his previous spell at the club last season, making 13 appearances as Town just missed out on the play-offs.

The 20-year-old has agreed a deal that will see him stay at Portman Road for 93 days.

Williams' arrival will be a further boost for Ipswich, who have climbed to 5th in The Championship thanks to a run of four straight wins.

Williams is in line to make his second debut for Town in tomorrow night's clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town land former West Ham star Collison

Jack Collison has signed for Ipswich. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison on a short-term deal.

The Welsh international has been looking for a club since he was released by the Hammers at the end of last season, and had been training with Town this summer.

Collison has agreed a contract at Portman Road that will run until late December.

Norwich City beat the deadline to sign Hooiveld and Thompson as Becchio departs

Jos Hooiveld has joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal. Credit: PA

Norwich City have beaten the deadline to sign Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on a season-long loan deal.

The commanding Dutchman is the second new defensive recruit of the day, after the Canaries also captured Arsenal centre back Ignasi Miquel.

Former Celtic man Hooiveld was a key part of the Saints team which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2012, and will add welcome experience to the Norwich backline.

"I am very excited about this move. I have played at Norwich and I was very impressed with the surroundings and the atmosphere. It was a full house then and again last Saturday when I saw the Bournemouth game.

Everybody I have asked about Norwich says only good things. I know Gary Hooper from our time at Celtic together and he was very positive about everything at the Club when I phoned him to talk about coming here.

I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the players in training and fighting for a place in the team. It’s a very good squad at Norwich and has every chance of doing well this season."

– Jos Hooiveld, Norwich City
Louis Thompson will stay at Swindon Town for the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, the Canaries have also agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson.

The 19-year-old had attracted a lot of interest this summer, but Norwich have won the race for his signature.

Thompson has agreed a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Carrow Road.

He will remain with Swindon on loan for the rest of the season as he continues his development.

"I'm extremely proud. To come to a club of Norwich City's stature is a fantastic achievement for me. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of coming here after my loan finishes at Swindon.

It's a massive club with a huge fan base, there's not a single negative thing to say about them. Hopefully they can do well this year and challenge for a Premier League place."

– Louis Thompson, Norwich City
Luciano Becchio will spend the next few months on loan at Rotherham United. Credit: PA

Finally, out-of-favour Norwich striker Luciano Becchio has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan until January.

The Argentine has barely featured since moving from Leeds United in January 2013, and will now hope to see first team action in South Yorkshire.

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