Date: 31st January 2011 at 11:45pm
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Crystal Palace have revealed that Ipswich Town had rejected a bid of £800,000 from the Eagles for Damien Delaney and David Norris ahead of the transfer deadline.

Town captain Norris and defender Delaney are both out of contract this summer and had been linked with moves away from Portman Road, with Norris in particular attracting interest from Portsmouth. However, it appears Crystal Palace were also interested in the duo, only to have failed in a late attempt to seal a deal.

‘We bid £800,000 for Norris and Delaney but Ipswich said no,’ Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish told the Croydon Advertiser. The Eagles had hoped to add the Blues pair to their latest capture Dean Moxey, who sealed a deadline day move to Selhurst Park from Town’s upcoming Championship opponents Derby County.

Town supporters are unlikely to be too impressed with the proposed figure for the pair, with both Norris and Delaney having firmly established themselves as first team regulars at Portman Road in the last couple of seasons. There will still be concerns over whether Ipswich boss Paul Jewell can agree new contracts with the pair as well as the other players whose deals expire this summer, but fans can at least rest easy that they will be going nowhere for now.

And so concludes a fairly quiet transfer window at Ipswich, with just the two arrivals – Jimmy Bullard on loan from Hull and Andy Drury from Luton on deadline day – but with no departures, the Blues can now focus on using the squad they have to turn this season around.

What is your assessment of this month’s transfer activity at Ipswich Town? Are you happy with the signings that the Blues have made, or are you concerned by the lack of activity? Which other areas might you have liked to see reinforced over this transfer window?

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