Date: 9th June 2011 at 11:34am
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Speculation is growing that Ipswich Town are closing in on Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra, with reports suggesting the player is to hold talks with the club today.

Chopra, who has one year left on his contract at Cardiff, looks likely to move on from the Welsh club after another failed promotion campaign. The 27-year-old has long been on Town’s radar since former boss Roy Keane attempted to capture him having previously signed the striker during his tenure at Sunderland. Rumours then surfaced in May that new manager Paul Jewell was to resume the chase for Chopra, who netted 11 goals in all competitions this season having struggled with injuries.

Reports now suggest that Ipswich and Cardiff have agreed a fee of £1.5 million for Chopra, with an initial £1 million offer thought to have been rejected. The former Newcastle frontman is also claimed to be having talks at Portman Road today, with a move apparently unlikely to be affected by the managerial problems at the Cardiff City Stadium. If true, a deal could potentially be agreed before the weekend though any move seems unlikely to be officially announced until next week.

Town have long been in need of a proven goalscorer at Championship level and Chopra looks likely to fit the bill, having netted 58 goals in 147 appearances for Cardiff. The move would certainly be a popular one with the supporters as well, with the former England U21 international emerging as the fans’ preferred target in last week’s Vital Ipswich poll.

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