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McCarthy Again Linked With Wolves Moves
Friday, 10th May 2013 13:27

Town boss Mick McCarthy is again being linked with a return for some of his Wolves players as he looks to strengthen his Blues squad for the 2013/14 campaign. Brentford midfielder Harry Forrester, who TWTD revealed was on the Town manager's radar back in January, is also again mentioned in connection with a move to Portman Road.

Striker Kevin Doyle was claimed to be a Town target by some of the weekend tabloids and midfielder Karl Henry and left-back Stephen Ward are now also said to be on McCarthy's wish-list.

Doyle, who has also been linked with long-time admirers Celtic in the last few days, has two years on his contract but seems certain to move on in the wake of the Wolves’ second successive relegation.

The Midlanders are likely to want to get back at least some of the reported £6.5 million that McCarthy paid Reading for the 29-year-old Irish international in the summer of 2009 and any significant fee would almost certainly put the Blues out of the running with Financial Fair Play limiting the club’s spending capability.

Wolves skipper Henry, 30, has another three years left on his contract and has said he would like to get his hometown club back out of League One: “I want to come back to put things right – I know a lot of the players feel the same.”

However, the former Stoke man admits his future is up in the air until a new boss is appointed as the successor to Dean Saunders: “Whether the club or the manager will want me to be a part of it we will have to see.”

Irish international Ward was another McCarthy signing, the 27-year-old joining from League of Ireland Bohemians in 2007. He is contracted until 2015 with Wolves having turned down a £300,000 bid from Nottingham Forest in January.

Town moving for another left-back would be a surprise unless there were to be interest in first-choice Aaron Cresswell, while Tyrone Mings is cover for the ex-Tranmere man.

Speaking last week, manager Mick McCarthy played down the chances of him targeting members of his Wolves squad over the summer: “Yes, they’ve got good players but that doesn’t mean to say I’m going to go tripping back there to sign them and who’s to know what they’re going to cost and what wages they’re on anyway? I’m not thinking that’s my fishing ground at all, not whatsoever.”

However, McCarthy would almost certainly like to sign former loanee Richard Stearman on a permanent basis if a deal can be done, while the Blues boss is looking for one probably two keepers this summer and we understand has kept tabs on Carl Ikeme, who he rates highly.

Brentford midfielder Forrester is out of contract in the summer, although compensation would be due if he moves on as he is only 22.

The former Aston Villa youngster has said he will decide at the end of the season whether to stay at Griffin Park or move on with the Bees in the League One play-off final where they will face Yeovil.

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commuterblue added 13:54 - May 10
Dear God! For a horrible moment I misread the title and thought McCarthy was going back.

And breathe.

JimmyJazz added 13:54 - May 10
Get Forrester in, never mind the Wolves rejects

commuterblue added 13:57 - May 10
yes please to Stearman (of course). only slight concern is about hewitt's development

3 centre backs with cresswell and edwards (later hewitt?) as wing backs in a 3-5-2?

irishtim added 14:14 - May 10
No thanks to Doyle & Ward. Both irish like myself but Doyle not prolific & Ward imo is poor. Yes to forrester &Stearman.

HarryfromBath added 14:31 - May 10
I agree irishtim. As a fellow Irishman, I sadly think that Doyle's best days are starting to be behind him, and Ward has been targeted as a weak link in international games. We can do better elsewhere for the money involved.

Keaneish added 14:35 - May 10
Agreed - Forrester yes, all the others, no. E-Banks Blake and Stearman. No more.

wilnis_barmy_army added 14:35 - May 10
Agree with most. Definitely would like to see Stearman and maybe Ebanks-Blake from Wolves. No need for Ward or Doyle. Forrester would also be a great signing.

howdonblue added 14:38 - May 10

JWM added 14:43 - May 10
Just the usual lazy journos scratching about for any easy story. From what we know about Mick there is no way that he will make public his transfer targets. He plays everything far too close to his chest unlike the previous manager. Mick will pull off a few surprises during this summer and I am willing to bet that none of these mentioned will be among them.

jas0999 added 14:59 - May 10
Simply can't see us signing another LB, particularly as we have excellent cover and there are other areas which need addressing. Forrester would be an excellent signing. I personally think Doyle would be decent, but fee/wage will be a massive stumbling block. Henry is a good player - but with three years left on his contract, would be expensive!

Brad_C_ITFC added 15:09 - May 10
Forrester looked excellent the other night!

pfturner94 added 15:09 - May 10
no need for overpaid and overrated wolves players imo - young and cheap the way to go

my ideal signings for the summer would be: will grigg from walsall (19 goals this season, 21 years old, contract expiring), alan judge, forrester, tabb, skuse, kisnorbo as b/up and stearman, with the return of taylor bringing another attacking option.

AbujaBlue added 15:17 - May 10
Brentford fans have been praising Forrester lately on their forums. Brentford losing in the L1 play-off final might increase the chances of him joining us.

Kikapu added 15:23 - May 10
Me too ommuterblue. It is a fear though, now that Fergie's gone there'll be quite a few playing musical chairs. Let's hope MM's sitting out that game.

Ebantiass added 15:31 - May 10
Agreed with pfturner94 apart from kisnboro , dont rate him and could find a cheaper younger back up than this guy whose done nothing.

Michael11 added 15:47 - May 10
I'd only go and get stearman and possibly a goalkeeper from Wolves but you have to say if they're all so good then why did they get relegated? I'd like us to sign Forrester from Brentford, think he'll be a good player with some creativity and pace that we've lacked.

Wickets added 16:46 - May 10
The Links season is upon us.

MarkITFC added 17:00 - May 10
Get Forrester and Judge in and signed up . these are the players we should be signing .

however whoever mick signs he knows what he doing so we should trust him!

MitchtheITFCman added 17:04 - May 10
Mick won't tell us who he is going after. I agree with u pftuner94 Grigg sounds good and is young but is he good enough for championship football. Steam an would be ideal as he has settled in with the squad, maybe we should sent Hewitt out on loan, don't want him on the bench. No need for Doyle he is past his peek

TractorCam added 17:34 - May 10
Spot on Keaneish.

IvorFeeling added 18:51 - May 10
my biggest worry here is the left back. indicates that Cresswell could be off- Baines no doubt will be linked with Man U and Cresswell to Everton could be in the offing. I hope not but he is a premiership left back. Anyway all conjecture and Mick will sort it.

meekreech added 19:19 - May 10
Stearman is the only signing from Wolves that we need . The rest will be too expensive in fees and wages ( long time left on contract ) for us .

Lightningboy added 20:41 - May 10
Don't see the point in any of those wolves players..Forrester fine.

Why no link to Stearman?

Notts_tractor added 23:41 - May 10
The only player from Wolves I want is Stearman. He has been absolutely awesome for us and should be our no 1 target.

Eireannach_gorm added 00:09 - May 11
Doyle will go to Celtic.

Wonder will Mick take a punt on Stephen Hunt now Martin and ( probably ) JET are gone.
Hunt is 31 but Mick does like him.

Hope we can keep Stearman but the wages might be a problem

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