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Keane Closing in on Strike Target
Keane Closing in on Strike Target
Thursday, 5th Aug 2010 16:28

Boss Roy Keane says he is closing in on signing a new striker, although refused to confirm whether that man is Cardiff frontman Michael Chopra. The Town manager is a big fan of Chopra, who played under him at Sunderland, but says there are other hitmen also in his sights.

Keane says he is getting near to adding his fourth signing of the summer: “We’re very, very close, unbelievably close. Just like any other player, there’s negotiations, there are talks going on.

“Obviously, Chops has been mentioned a number of times, but Chops isn’t the only striker on the planet, you have to be aware of that. We’re talking to a few other clubs and I spoke to Dave Jones about other stuff. It’s not always about Michael Chopra, trust me.”

At the weekend, Cardiff manager Dave Jones said Town’s offer for the 26-year-old didn’t yet match the figure the Welsh club still owe Sunderland for the one-time Newcastle trainee.

Keane says no moves in or out of the club are likely before the season’s opening game at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

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Fenoit added 16:35 - Aug 5
Looking forward to the arrival of a new striker!
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Fatboy added 16:36 - Aug 5
A little less conversation, a little more action. The season starts in 2 days!
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BoxerBlue added 16:36 - Aug 5
Matty fryatt?
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JohnScales added 16:38 - Aug 5
Being very close means he'll be here about 8 days times
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Bluetone added 16:41 - Aug 5
Being unbelievably close means he'll be here by the New Year. Wonder if Keane will still be here by then.
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Paul_Knows added 16:41 - Aug 5
To be honest, I still can't see it being anyone but Chopra. He stated he wanted a proven championship goalscorer, well? Who's about? Gary Hoopers gone, and now the season starts in 2 days, I cant see teams wanting to sell there prized assets. However, I may be wrong, but what with us struggling to meet Cardiffs demands, and Walters being sold for 3mil, I fully believe Chopra will be a town player before we play Burnley next saturday :)
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funky_blue87 added 16:44 - Aug 5
"I spoke to Dave Jones about other stuff. It’s not always about Michael Chopra, trust me.”

Whittingham on his way too in a double swoop? I hope so....
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Paul_Knows added 16:45 - Aug 5
oh Flunky_blue87, how it would be so good if Whittingham did join Chopra ...!!
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OperationPremiership added 16:48 - Aug 5
Probably Ross McCormack , Chopra will not come to Ipswich get used to it .
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Back_The_Boss added 16:49 - Aug 5
The clock is ticking, I have faith in Keano.... but surely we need a striker by saturday.
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robdaful added 16:52 - Aug 5
Lets hope it will be worth the wait
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dobbie73 added 16:54 - Aug 5
"Keane Closing in on Strike Target" - sounds like commentary from a military attack, lol ...

Bombs away! COYB!!!!
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onlybluesandhorses added 16:54 - Aug 5
What a nightmare. Here comes Priskin 2010 panic buy.
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Rayner_ITFC97 added 16:55 - Aug 5
Hopefully not overrated HAY ?

just sign on soon and start with a goal on saturday ;')
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ipswichsupporter88 added 16:58 - Aug 5
Glad to know were actualy gonna sign a striker. shame we'll have to but up with the likes of priskin and either stead or counago on saturday -_____-
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JetaimePeters added 16:59 - Aug 5
Keano has to get this signing right so it's worth being patient, does sound like there could be another target at Cardiff from that quote though?
Can't wait for Saturday!

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1234566789 added 17:02 - Aug 5
Jay Bothroyd or Ross McCormack
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siralfstrackie added 17:12 - Aug 5
Sometime's it's what is not said that's important, Chopra is looking more and more like a smokescreen. Oh, and what about that right back position? I'm feeling incredibly and increasingly anxious about this season and I really, really don't want to. I've defended Keane in the past, but he's not making it easy for me.

Town 'til I die!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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jamesmostevens added 17:16 - Aug 5
Owen on loan?
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ipswichfrancis added 17:18 - Aug 5
RK will convert/reveal himself as the new striker for town..... cheers.....
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Trickster added 17:27 - Aug 5
Look, even if we get chopra were gunna need another, i say we get fryatt on a free and chopra if possible, or McCormack
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Alexsandr_Orlov added 17:42 - Aug 5
It Simples...... The 'Hitman' is my old friend Pete Waterman the one with Michaela Strachan, " We should be soz lucky, lucky, lucky,lucky, we should be so lucky..." We will be guarantee number 1 by Xmas, comes on you Blues!!!
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jas0999 added 17:45 - Aug 5
Shame something won't be sorted by Saturday - as I can't see any of our other strikers scoring goals! Still, it is encouraging that Roy is talking to a number of clubs and has other striker targets! Maybe he will pull off a double swoop!
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Wickets added 17:46 - Aug 5
It must be Chopra but Ewbanks-Blake has family in Cambridge !! i wonder mmmmmm
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Seasonticketsteve added 17:51 - Aug 5
Was Chopra in the interview today? Is that what Keanes means by close? I got the interview by the minute but a mate reckons he may have been at Portman Road at the time!
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