Date: 17th May 2008 at 4:46pm
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Sources close to the club suggest that Ipswich are close to finalising a deal with ex-Blues and England keeper Richard Wright about a return to Portman Road.

Wright, now 30, left Ipswich for around £4 million in 2001 to join Arsenal in the thinking it would improve his international chances. Two England caps, three clubs and a bagful of injuries later, Wrighty appears close to be coming home.

However, this may not go down too well with the Tractor Boys faithful seeing as Wright rejected a move back to Portman Road in favour of joining West Ham to sit on the bench for a season only last summer.

Manager Jim Magilton was recently quoted as saying that he would welcome the ex-stopper back.

One thing that could seal the deal would be the return to the backroom staff of Malcolm Webster, with the ex-goalkeeping coach expected to rejoin in the same role he left for Southampton. His successor Andy Rhodes left the goalkeeping coach role last week after four years at the club.

I don’t know about you, but the club could soon run their own version of Friends Reunited with the amount of old-boys coming back to Portman Road.

Stephen Bywater who was on-loan at Ipswich in the latter part of the season will almost certainly not be returning to Ipswich. Bywater had difficulties in winning over the Blues supporters after a very shaky start to say the least.


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