With just two days to go before the cut-off point for transfers, there is still no sign of Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala completing their moves so why the wait?
Last night, there was talk in Town that another club had come in with a rival bid but with more enticing terms and conditions and that the players wanted some time to analyse this situation before progressing further. It seems like an unlikely scenario but in these crazy times of frenetic transfer activity clearly, anything is possible, and the longer we wait and debate the more troublesome the situation seemingly becomes.
I am hoping that before this goes to press the club will have confirmed that the players have signed but it does seem extraordinary that they were apparently both at Portman Road yesterday morning taking their medical examinations and one and a half days later still no concrete news? An insider at the club, who wishes to remain anonymous, has suggested that the delay has been caused simply because the club wants to present both players together and although personal terms have been agreed with one individual, the other contract agreement is a bit more complicated and may take more time.
Yet another scare story that has been doing the rounds locally this afternoon is that one of the players actually failed his fitness test! Once again, however, we must take this ‘doom and gloom’ gossip with a pinch of salt because when agents are involved, there are many reasons why the process can be long and laborious and sometimes at times tentative too.
It is, though, a long old wait. Fitness tests yesterday morning and then nothing new to report. Ipswich Town football club are saying nothing officially and who knows, by the end of this evening we may have good reason to be cheerful but this wait in the meantime is agonising!
And then we have the Kayden Jackson saga which shows no sign of abating. It looked this morning as if Ipswich had got their man but now we discover that it is a three horse race between Town, QPR and Peterborough for his signature as all three club have agreed terms for the player.
As Blackpool play hardball for Curtis Tilt, as their manager moves on in frustration and Steven Gerrard is mulling over a 2 million pounds bid from Town for Rangers forward Josh Windass, these are anxious times for all concerned and even Jonas Knudsen and Joe Garner are not spared from all this transfer speculation.
No wonder Ipswich manager Paul Hurst says he will be relieved when the whole thing grinds to a halt because quite frankly so will I!
F.W. – editor of Vital Ipswich