Ipswich Town will be sad to have missed out on Curtis Tilt and perhaps more so, Josh Windass to Wigan but with moments to spare, another deal is possible and this may mean that striker Joe Garner leaves us after all.
Bolton are trying hard to entice the Blues to sell but at a price which is not appealing to the Suffolk club. If you remember it was only a year ago that the Tractor Boys acquired the services of Garner from Rangers for just 700,000 pounds. It looks as if the cash-strapped Lancastrians have not forgotten and would like to buy him for just 675,000 quid, arguing that he has had an injury prone career and that the reason that the Blues got him so cheaply in the first place, was largely on account of this! All hope is not lost for Garner though because newly promoted Wigan are at it again, trying to acquire him before the clock strikes six, and it seems that Wigan are not only interested in stealing Windass but Joe Garner too!
The news this afternoon that Town could not agree on a deal for 24-year-old Josh Windass was hugely disappointing. He would have been the perfect fit for Town and an ideal replacement for Martyn Waghorn but as the Bolton bid stuttered, Wigan stormed in and it now looks likely that he will be playing against us and not with us this season – although there is no confirmation that he has signed for them as yet. This is so frustrating because, until last night, only Ipswich seemed interested but once Wigan began to sniff around, Town’s dependence on more players leaving complicated the situation and the Latics stole a march.
As if all this wasn’t depressing enough, the news that the Curtis Tilt deal was dead in the water was further exacerbated when we found out the reason why. Curtis was desperate to join Town and handed in a written transfer request in order to speed up the process but it was to no avail. Ipswich were simply not prepared to pay Blackpool’s asking price, which flapped around almost as much as a flag on the promenade and they simply did not want to sell.
The one bit of good news today is that Town have a new number nine! The Blues have confirmed the signing of centre-forward Kayden Jackson from newly-promoted League One Accrington Stanley, and he has been given the number nine shirt, quite naturally!
Manager Paul Hurst said in his weekly press conference this afternoon that on the whole, he was happy with he has got but stressed that he will look to strengthen the central defensive positions via the loan market and has not completely ruled out the possibility of another striker too. If Windass does not move as planned to the Latics this evening then perhaps Hurst is considering getting him on loan? This might apply too to Tilt because he has made it clear he does not want to play for the Seasiders so what is the point of letting him rot in the reserves?
F.W. – editor of Vital Ipswich