4:00 PM January 23, 2022
4:12 PM January 23, 2022
James Norwood looks set to stay at Ipswich Town beyond the January transfer window, despite seven different clubs showing interest in signing him.
The 31-year-old striker was banned from the Under-23s and transferred to the list last October after the club’s hierarchy decided his boisterous personality just wasn’t for them.
He was, however, allowed to return to the fold in December, after manager Paul Cook was sacked following poor form, and went on to score four times in six games to take his tally for the Blues to an impressive 26. goals in 49 starts. and 23 sub-appearances.
The EADT and Ipswich Star understand that Championship club Preston, as well as League One sides Wigan, Plymouth, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Charlton and Lincoln, have all made inquiries, with chief executive Mark Ashton leaving the decision on the future of the leader in the hands of manager Kieran McKenna.
McKenna may have let Norwood down for Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Accrington, but he praised the striker, saying his “attitude on the pitch was contagious” and that “he had a good influence around the group”. ‘.
Norwood, meanwhile, has always made it known that he wants to stay in Suffolk and earn a longer stay. His current contract expires this summer, although the club have the option of extending it for a further 12 months.
With Sone Aluko, Tom Carroll, Kayden Jackson, Jon Nolan and Tomas Holy also nearing the end of their current contracts, McKenna said: “We’re in dialogue about it (contracts), but I don’t think it’s going to happen. either There’s still time to start talking too much about the squad for next season and what the balance might look like It’s a bit early for that as we want to look at this season and the players here now as well than January.
“A little further on, it’s time to talk about next season and which players and squad we might like to discuss.”
Toto Nsiala (sold to Fleetwood) and Myles Kenlock (on loan to Colchester) both left Portman Road this month. Rekeem Harper and Idris El Mizouni have both been made available on loan, while Tomas Holy and Jon Nolan could both move on as they near the end of their contracts.
IPSWICH TOWN CONTRACTS
* Known extension option of 12 months
LOANS: Coulson, Bakinson, Celina, Bonne
2022: Saint, Kenlock*, Clements*, Carroll*, Nolan, Aluko*, Norwood*, Jackson
2023: Vincent-Young*, Donacien*, Penney*
2024: Walton*, Hladky, Woolfenden*, Burgess*, Morsy, Evans, Fraser, Harper*, El Mizouni*, Burns, Edwards*, Chaplin, Pigott, Walton*