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Camp Weighing Up Options
Monday, 14th Jan 2013 12:11

Town are reported to have held talks with Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp regarding a move to Portman Road. The 28-year-old, who has been made available by the Midlands club, has been linked with the Blues since the middle of last week.

The Northern Ireland international, who has failed to agree new terms at the City Ground with his current deal up at the end of the season, is believed to be interesting a number of other clubs – Hull City and Reading have also been linked – and is said to want to hear what might be offered by the various interested parties before making a decision on where to go.

Town – who have also been linked with Sunderland’s Keiren Westwood and Blackpool’s Matt Gilks – look to be in the market for another keeper with loanee Stephen Henderson having returned to West Ham.

Henderson, who has an ankle injury which is likely to keep him out of action for two weeks, is keen to return to Portman Road and manager Mick McCarthy is also interested in bringing him back, although the Blues boss has concerns about the 24-hour recall clause the Hammers insist on including in any deal.

Meanwhile, former Blues reserves keeper Ian McLoughlin has joined Walsall on a month's loan from the MK Dons and made his debut against Preston at the weekend. Preston have signed former Chelsea keeper Rhys Taylor, who was on trial with Town earlier in the season.

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werderbremenblue added 12:16 - Jan 14
this would be a superb addition to the squad....

keighleyblue added 12:21 - Jan 14
Just a shame we gave him so much grief when Forest played us at PR!

Strider added 12:23 - Jan 14
Could be good, but if Hull & Reading both interested then it would be tough to get him. We need a genuine No 1 and haven't had one for years.

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 12:23 - Jan 14
Sign him up! Quality keeper. Feel a bit bad for Loach, but it's a business.

Mark added 12:28 - Jan 14
I've always thought of him as a solid Championship goalkeeper and I'd welcome him to Portman Road. It'll be harsh on Loach if Camp goes straight into the team, although maybe McCarthy will promise him that to get him to come to Ipswich?

I wonder what the fee will be? (no doubt another 'undisclosed') According to Wiki he cost QPR £300K* in 2007 and Forest £100K* in 2009, so with six months on his contract he shouldn't be much at all.

* When decent keepers cost this sort of money, what a sickener the £1M on Fulop was!

HighgateBlue added 12:29 - Jan 14
He's a good keeper by repute, and from what I've seen of him.

What's the story at Forest? Do they not rate him, or is it that he would be number 1 but for contractual demands that they consider excessive?

Reuser_is_God added 12:34 - Jan 14
Why would we want him as our reserve keeper when we already have ALB?

Waste of wages.

ulstertractor added 12:36 - Jan 14
I worry about his attitude, he was in the Northern Ireland side for a while there after getting clearance to play through a grandparent, but then Roy Carroll was preferred to him for a game so he withdrew from the squad and made hiomself unavialble for the next two games. I don't know if he's permanently unavailable, but I wasn't impressed with his attitude.

2 years ago he was Chanmpionship keeper of the year, but his form has definitely dipped.

howdonblue added 12:43 - Jan 14
very good keeper but we want players who want to come not having to give it a second thought.
If he has to think about it do we really want him.
I think mick will think that way too.


rosseden added 12:49 - Jan 14
the story at forest is that the fans are up in arms about him going, there isnt much of a split either like the shambers thing, they really rate him and this is likely to be a nail in mcLeishs coffin if whoever he brings in isnt a top top keeper...... my forest season ticket holder mates reckon last year when the chips were down he contributed more points through individual excellence than any one else...... says theyd have been down if it wasnt for him.......

petermorris added 12:50 - Jan 14
Big, bossy, brave, and a hardened pro. We need a keeper like this so yes please.

casanovacrow added 12:51 - Jan 14
He's not as good as Loach

campowasgod added 13:02 - Jan 14
IMO would be an excellent addition , but may be playing a game of bluff with Forest . If your current employers are not offering the deal you want ,you go back to them with competitors offers .

ElephantBlue added 13:08 - Jan 14
Would be a good addition. I chatted to a forest fan last night and he said he would be gutted to see him go as he is a really good keeper. He thinks it is mainly mcleish clearing house wanting to make a statemnet bringing in his own players.

StowTractorBoy added 13:24 - Jan 14
Always has an air of arrogance about him but not necessarily a bad thing. Until this season has always played well against us and most of all for me he commands his area.
He has the right build and if the price and terms are right I'd definitely be pleased to have him. If Hull are in for him suspect he may go there as he will have little competition and they seem to have the cash.

Dr_Sheldon_Cooper added 13:29 - Jan 14
Forest Fan in Peace

Firstly I'd agree with most on here that Camp is as good a keeper as any in this division. There's no denying that for his first two seasons he was outstanding for us.
Problems started when McClaren became manager - first he brought expensive contract players that made no mark like Miller and Derbyshire (their salaries probably dwarfed Camp's) and second he denied Camp a move to the premier league with Swansea City. Since then his form has not been anything like as good - making mistakes and not commanding his area - leading to many Forest fans believing that his heart isn't in the club anymore.
Contrary to a previous poster most are pragmatic about the decision to let him go - yes its a shame to lose a good player but on the other hand do you want a half hearted keeper letting in sloppy goals? Also MCcCleish has made his point to other players stalling on contracts.
If he plays to his potential you'll have yourselves a bargain and an excellent keeper. Unlike Chambers who did nothing much to endear himself to the trickies Camp will be missed but I think a move away is what's needed for all parties.
Good luck for the season, I've always had a soft spot for Ipswich since you beat Arsenal in the cup final. Be interesting to see iit works out for him and also for McGoldrick who was never really given much of a chance at Forest.

By strange coincidence it was strongly rumoured that Loach was lined up as Camp's replacement last season if his move to Swansea went ahead.

Seasider added 13:32 - Jan 14
Seems to have a similar attitude to Reo Coker,and first player I think to hesitate when Mick came calling.Cant blame the bloke for trying to get best deal possible though,as obviously has a high opinion of himself which I suppose is no bad thing if you are good.
Pleased that our Manager seems to be having more input into transfer dealings than has been the case previously,and will trust that he gets a good outcome.
At least with Loach,it wouldn't be a disaster if he didn't come though.

CobboldNeal added 13:40 - Jan 14
- Dr Sheldon
Thanks your views sounds like a fresh start somewhere new is what he needs,

itfc_nik added 13:52 - Jan 14
are forest our feeder club now

wychyblue added 13:57 - Jan 14
Agree with howdonblue. Would have preferred , having spoke to MM, him wanting to play for us,but I guess that is idealistic with modern footballers a lot of the time. No doubt about his abilility if pn his game though. Would like Kieron Westwood aswell.

Wickets added 13:59 - Jan 14
Cant understand why its harsh on Scott! he will be given every chance to be our first choice whoever comes in as rival for the jumper.

Dog added 14:04 - Jan 14
I agree with Reuser is God - ALB is a waste of wages. Get shot and have two decent keepers at championship level.

This may sound harsh and i know i am criticising a player, but ALB is simply not good enough.

Keaneish added 14:07 - Jan 14
Don't like the look of that three horse race!
Would be an excellent keeper at a great age if we could get him.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:13 - Jan 14
Dr Sheldon: I saw Forest play a European match in Malmö, Sweden in September 1995. Malmö won 2-1, but Forest went through on away goals with a 1-0 home win. Forest brought over quite a lot of fans - don't think you had as many as ITFC took to Helsingborg (also in Sweden) in 2001, however. Of course, before that, Forest beat the same team, Malmö, 1-0 in 1979 (wasn't it?) to win the European Cup. I'm guessing you were too young to see that? I watched it on TV in the UK. "Those were the days," as we say in these parts!

bluemikey100 added 14:24 - Jan 14
cmon chambers and mcgoldrick do your bit get him to sign

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