Ipswich boss Paul Jewell is confident of strengthening his squad following the big-money departure of striker Connor Wickham.

Wickham was sold to Sunderland for an initial £8.1million earlier in the week but not all of that cash will be ploughed back into Jewell's transfer kitty. However, the Town manager believes owner and chairman Marcus Evans will back him as he looks to add at least three or four more signings to his squad.

Jewell said: "If I come up with a player and that player is going to improve the squad, then the owner will back me."

He added: "It doesn't mean there's a ridiculous amount of money to spend.

"Just because we've got £8million in, people might expect that we're going to spend £8million. It doesn't work that way.

"But there will be money there to strengthen the team.

"It's a long season, so let's see how things go and we were in discussions with three or four players anyway, whether Connor was going to be here or not."

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