Friday 24 November 2017

Ipswich eye double swoop for Irish duo

IPSWICH boss Paul Jewell is ready to offer a permanent home to Sean St Ledger and Keith Andrews at Portman Road but he may have to join a queue, writes PAUL HYLAND.

St Ledger is reviewing his options after he was shown the door by Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and according to Jewell, he has plenty to think about.

"There are a few clubs in for him," said Jewell. "I've spoken to Leicester as well as Sean's agent, who told me there was interest from a lot of clubs in the Championship and one in Italy."

Presumably, the Italian interest stems from work done by Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli but St Ledger is hoping for further contact from Celtic or the Premier League before he makes up his mind.

Andrews has at least three possible moves to Premier League destinations on the boil but is still considering a move from Ewood Park to Ipswich.

Aston Villa's Irish focus at the moment may well be Robbie Keane but Alex McLeish is also tracking Andrews, as are Everton and Bolton.

Meanwhile, an injury to Everton stalwart Phil Jagielka could open the door for Shane Duffy who has been recalled from his loan spell with Scunthorpe to join David Moyes' squad for FA Cup action against Tamworth Town.

Sunderland have sent John Egan, son of the legendary Kerry footballer and a key member of Ireland's successful U19 team, out on loan to Crystal Palace.

Manchester United's promising Irish striker Robbie Brady will continue his loan at Hull.

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