Wolves Eyeing Bialkowski Move
Wednesday, 10th May 2017 14:22
TWTD understands that Town’s Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers are eyeing a summer move for keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
The 29-year-old Pole, who was named the Blues’ Supporters Player of the Year for the second successive season last month, revealed in March that a number of clubs made enquiries regarding his availability during the January transfer window with the club making it clear he was going nowhere.
However, Town may well be willing to cash in on the former Southampton and Notts County man this summer as manager Mick McCarthy looks to shake up his squad.
Whether Wolves - or any other interested parties who emerge - would be willing to pay a fee the Blues would accept remains to be seen.
Bialkowski, who has a year left on his contract with Town having an option to keep him for a further season, said recently that he and his family are very happy at Ipswich but admitted he has ambitions to play in the Premier League.
Wolves appear set to be among the Championship’s bigger spenders this summer as they look to challenge for promotion in 2017/18 after a disappointing 15th-place finish this season.
Paul Lambert’s club have already been linked with 24-year-old Preston striker Jordan Hugill, a Town target in January when they had two bids, the second of £2 million, rebuffed.
Meanwhile, Barnsley have confirmed that Marley Watkins and Josh Scowen are leaving Oakwell this summer having turned down new contracts.
Midfielder or striker Watkins, 26, was the subject of a £1 million Town offer last summer with the Blues showing further interest in January.
Quizzed on whether he might make a renewed summer move for Watkins in March, Town boss Mick McCarthy kept his cards typically close to his chest: “I don’t know. We’ll see, he’s out of contract.”
We understand Scowen, a 24-year-old midfielder, is also a player that the Blues have kept tabs on this season.
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|12th_Man added 14:26 - May 10|
Why the feck would he want to go to Wolves
|Jimmy86 added 14:26 - May 10|
We would be foolish to sell to a rival in the same division... I would also expect to sign a replacement, as Gerken is decent enough back up, but not good enough for a team with play off aspirations
|Lightningboy added 14:30 - May 10|
The only "shake up" I want to see is in the manager's office.
|Bad_Boy_Mark added 14:30 - May 10|
Please no! Hands off Bart - he should be given a new long term contract and suitors told very politely that he is not for sale.
I may be old fashioned, but I believe that our team should be built around talented players like Bart...
|floridaboy added 14:32 - May 10|
If he is ambitious then Wolves is not the place to go. Although £5milion might be enough to persuade Town to sell!
|woohoo added 14:36 - May 10|
HA HA HA
(might happen though)
|Michael11 added 14:39 - May 10|
Hahahahahahahaha good one lads.
|DoobDude added 14:41 - May 10|
Unfortunately Bart will never play for Ipswich again.
Evans will use this money to fund our deficit.
He will be replaced by a Barnsley midfielder who McCarthy thinks he can turn into a goalkeeper.
|Pencilpete added 14:41 - May 10|
Our clubs ambition off the pitch (Kieffer Moore for 10k) and on the pitch (7 defenders at Home to Rotherham) indicate that this will happen wether its to Wolves or someone else. We will take the money and it will be invested 'in the club' which, roughly translated is we'll never see it again and Big Mick will tell us we don't need a new keeper because we have Dean Gerken and he is 'teriffic'
|iaintaylorx added 14:44 - May 10|
This is ONE player who we cannot afford to lose! We won't replace him with anyone and what scares me the most is that Mick loves Gerken who we all know is bang average at most!
PLEASE KEEP HOLD OF BART!!
|MattinLondon added 14:44 - May 10|
Without Bart Town would be facing a long dark season in L1. I’m not sure what’s the difference in revenue is between an Ipswich in L1 and an Ipswich in the Championship but that difference should be the bare minimum that the club should be prepared to accept for him. I’d imagine that would be a few million.
Bart deserves to be playing regularly and in the PL as well. For definite, if I were the manager of one of the relegated teams looking to bounce back up again I would try my upmost to sign him as he is worth at least fifteen points a season.
|Bluebell added 14:49 - May 10|
No way should we let him go! Why would he want to go to Wolves?
I can understand if he wanted to go to a Prem team as surely that is every player's ambition but Wolves!
Bart has said he doesn't want to leave Ipswich and Wolverhampton is a hell of a drive. I hope MM and ME won't let him go unless it's for silly money. Even then I doubt we would see much of it spent on a replacement.
|Rammo added 14:54 - May 10|
Now if that is allowed to happen it will show how little ambition ME really has for the club. I can understand letting him go if a premiership club comes calling but if we ever plan on trying to get out of this division the right way we cannot consider selling to division rivals!
|jpring89 added 14:54 - May 10|
10 million or more or they can f off
|MicksZzzTactics added 14:59 - May 10|
Realistically I think we will lose him this summer, but personally I think he eventual might well wind up in say Bournemouth, West Ham or Palace .... as they could all do significantly better between the posts!(and who also all recently really likes to deal with Marvelous Marcus &ITFC!) as like with a currently REAL premier league capable keeper like King Bart.
Higher ranked clubs might also target him over the summer, but I hope he himself realizes that he will probably be the No. 2 thus warming the bench a lot at such types of clubs .... which of course would be a real shame for one as gifted & MOTM "susceptible" as him!
|Taricco_Fan added 15:14 - May 10|
Sideways move. Bart can do a lot better.
|philwhelansdegree added 15:16 - May 10|
While undoubtably we don't want Bart to leave - as he is clearly our best player, I don't understand all the antagonism towards Gerken on here. Until last season, when Bart improved his consistentcy, there really wasn't a lot to choose between the two keepers. Bart is clearly number 1 now, but Gerkan is a more than capable goalkeeper in my opinion
|blueshamrock added 15:25 - May 10|
Don't be suprised if Evans decides to flog the family Silver to cover increases wages as we were told with Murphy, Cresswell , Mings etc
|essextractorboy93 added 15:26 - May 10|
Talk about a sideways move, fair enough if he goes to a Premier League side but Wolves?!! Can't imagine there is much in this rumour...
|christiand added 15:37 - May 10|
Philwhelansdegree - There is a huge void between the pair. Are you wearing MM's blue tinted spectacles?
I can't see Bart going to someone like Wolves, however I can see him going to Sunderland especially when they get rid of Pickford for £30m during the summer!!!!
|tractorboybig added 15:37 - May 10|
12th man ///who the feck wants to stay at Ipswich?????
|rickw added 15:41 - May 10|
I'm sure they would want him - who wouldn't???
But I can't see them spending big money on a 29yr old Championship keeper, he's loved at an average championship club I can't see why he'd move sideways.
I can see him improving Bournemouth, West Ham or Brighton if they lose Stockdale maybe even Everton however I think they'd be after someone more proven at the top level.
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