Ipswich manager Paul Jewell remains confident of keeping hold of captain David Norris.

The former Plymouth man is one of 21 players out of contract during the summer and has been linked with a move to Portsmouth before the end of the transfer window.

But Jewell has scuppered any talk of an immediate move and said: "David Norris hasn't told me he wants to join Portsmouth. I will be sitting down later in the week with some of the players out of contract this summer."

He added: "I want to keep our better players here, but if people, young or old, do not want to be here, they can move on. But David Norris has definitely not intimated to me that he wants to leave.

"It's a problem I've inherited. If the players are here to the end of the season I would expect them to give their best and I'm sure they will."

Jewell was keen to bring in one of his former players at Wigan last week, only to see defender Pascal Chimbonda join QPR instead.

But Jewell - who has tied teenage striker Connor Wickham to a new deal - remains on the hunt for reinforcements.

He said: "We're in for lots of players. We've made a bid for two players but we will just have to wait and see.

"It's a busy time for everyone at the moment but amongst it all we have a massive game on our hands. It's still a long-term project. There's no magic wand.

"You can feel the confidence within the club but it's only one game and we've got to go to Arsenal on Tuesday. I have already picked my team for the Arsenal game. I'm not treating this game any differently."

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