Ipswich Town manager McCarthy rules out Lawrence exit

Tom Lawrence will not be allowed to leave Ipswich Town this month. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has reiterated winger Tom Lawrence will not be leaving the club before tomorrow night's transfer deadline.

The Welsh international is on a season-long loan from Leicester City and has been in sensational form for the Blues since the turn of the year, scoring six goals.

Those sort of performances have led to speculation that a whole host of clubs are looking to sign the 23-year-old on a permanent basis from the Premier League champions, but McCarthy says such a move is impossible without Ipswich's blessing.

"Everybody is promoting Tom Lawrence to go here, there and everywhere," McCarthy told the press at today's Playford Road press conference.

"But we all know that he's signed and it has to be agreed by us, Leicester and him and that's not going to happen."

McCarthy also admitted that a potential deal for Preston's Jordan Hugill was all but over, with the Lilywhites refusing to sell their nine-goal striker.

Ipswich have managed to wrap the signing of experienced defender Steven Taylor though, while winger Danny Rowe spoke to the media for the first time since making the move from non-league Macclesfield Town.

"It's a massive club," Rowe said.

"If you look at the divisions, obviously it is a big gap, but if you're a good enough player and you believe in yourself I'm sure it will take care of itself."