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HANDS off our Irish Gold is the message from Ipswich Town to Premier League clubs hopeful of signing new Ireland international David McGoldrick.

HANDS off our Irish Gold is the message from Ipswich Town to Premier League clubs hopeful of signing new Ireland international David McGoldrick.

The 26-year-old's stock has risen significantly in the last 48 hours since McGoldrick made a very impressive senior debut for Ireland in their 4-1 win over the USA on Tuesday night.

Just four months ago, the forward came close to a Premier League move but newly-promoted Leicester City would not meet Ipswich's £8million valuation of the player, and McGoldrick has admitted his regret that the move to the top flight did not come through.

Premier League managers will have noted McGoldrick's classy display in the USA win as he claimed two assists and promotion-chasing Ipswich could face a battle to retain the star.

But Ipswich have today stated that if the Ireland cap does move, it won't be on the cheap.

"Our strategy is to keep our current squad. It's having some success and we want it to be our Premier League promotion side," Ipswich MD Ian Milne said.

"Marcus Stewart (Ipswich owner) has said to me that he has got the message out very strongly to agents 'don't think, as a Premier League club, you can come and make silly offers for our players - don't bother to ask'," Milne added.

McGoldrick has earned the praise of team-mates and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill (pictured) for his display against the USA.


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