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Ipswich Town seal move for young Irish winger Connolly

Mick McCarthy expects Connolly to push for a first team place. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed young Irish winger Dylan Connolly from Shelbourne.

The 19-year-old has agreed a contract until 2016, with the option of a further year.

Connolly could play for Town's under-21 side when they face Millwall on Monday.

“I’m delighted we have Dylan with us now.

He’s blistering quick, plays on the right and he’s got a fair bit of ability. He’s got a goal in him as well.

He’s being playing as well and he’s here with a view to being in the first-team. He will play in the U21s next week if everything is okay and we will go from there.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

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Ipswich Town set to sign former Leeds United goalkeeper Kenny

Paddy Kenny in action for Leeds United last season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are understood to be closing in on the signing of goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

The 36-year-old was released by Bolton Wanderers this afternoon, and is expected to sign a deal with Town until the end of the season.

Kenny will add competition for places in the goalkeeping department, with current understudy Dean Gerken out injured.

Ipswich Town manager McCarthy hails new signing Sears

Mick McCarthy thinks that Freddie Sears will be a good signing for the club. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that new signing Freddie Sears will be a "real asset".

Town completed a deal to bring the Colchester United striker to Portman Road earlier today, with Sears penning a contract until June 2017.

The 25-year-old could make his debut in tomorrow's trip to Millwall, and McCarthy believes that he will prove to be an astute addition.

Sears has scored 14 goals this season. Credit: PA

“Freddie blasted on to the scene with West Ham in the Premier League and I can remember him scoring when they beat us in my time at Wolves.

I’ve always kept half an eye on him and of course. He has been playing up the road at Colchester and whenever I have seen him play, he has done well.

He’s scored 14 goals this season and with all due respect, that is for a club that has been scrapping at the bottom of the league.

He was a prodigious young talent at West Ham and he probably made the step backwards to go forwards again, which he has done. He’s older now and stronger and he’s a good signing for us. He will be a real asset.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Ipswich Town close in on the signing of Colchester United's Sears

Freddie Sears is expected to join Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town are closing in on the signing of Colchester United striker Freddie Sears.

The former West Ham forward has been in prolific form in a struggling U's team this season, scoring 14 goals, and his contract is due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

As a result, Colchester have decided to cash in on their star man to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

If the deal is completed in time, Sears could feature in tomorrow's trip to Millwall.

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