Tractor Boys’ transfer moves have stalled

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Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has revealed that the club will not be making any more signings before Saturday's season-opener against Bristol City.

The Tractor Boys have been one of the busier clubs in the transfer window in the Npower Championship, making seven signings thus far including David Stockdale, Lee Bowyer, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Michael Chopra.

Jewell has been chasing a handful of other players, most notably Keith Andrews on a potential loan deal from Blackburn Rovers, but the manager has all-but given up hope of securing another player before the weekend arrives.

“There won’t be any new signings for the weekend unless something comes out of left field. We were hoping to have one, maybe two, but for different reasons they’re not going to happen. Hopefully they can happen in the next couple of weeks," said Jewell.

“I think it’s important to stress that it’s not all about Saturday, whatever the result Saturday - good, bad or indifferent - we’re still going to try to improve the squad.

“I’m disappointed in the way one of the clubs has behaved in the… I’d like to say negotiations, but there are no negotiations when someone won’t answer your calls. That’s one disappointment. Maybe they haven’t paid their bill. Maybe they’ll come back to us later in the week.”


Another player Jewell has been taking a look at is Slovenian U21 international Aljaž Struna.

The versatile FC Koper defender, who can also play in midfield, has spent a brief trial period with the Suffolk outfit before returning home, and it's an option the club could look to pursue in the future.

“He’s been training here. We’ve had him here for three days’ training just to have a look at him," confirmed Jewell.

“The lad’s from Slovenia, he’s connected to a club and his club were good enough to let us have a look at him and we might pursue that in the future. He’s a midfield player who can also play at right-back.

“It’s really in the very early stages. Don’t write that we’re going to sign him, we’re just having a look at him.”

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