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Bruce: McGoldrick Not a Villa Target
Tuesday, 30th Jan 2018 10:21

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says Town’s David McGoldrick is a player he rates but isn’t the type of striker he is looking to add to his squad before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday.

Villa were understood to be one of the clubs weighing-up whether to make an offer for McGoldrick, who is out of contract at the end of the season with his terms not including an option for a further season.

We understand Town would be willing to allow the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international to move on before tomorrow’s deadline if they were to receive an acceptable bid.

Cardiff City have been linked with McGoldrick since the start of the window, while Birmingham were also claimed to be interested early on in January and Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday have been more tenuously mentioned in connection with the eight-goal frontman. Of those clubs, TWTD understands only Fulham were represented by a scout at Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves.

Bruce says that although he is an admirer of McGoldrick, he’s currently after a different sort of frontman.

“I see him as a number 10 and we’ve got a few players in that position,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “I like him but if we’re going to bring somebody in it will be a typical number nine.”

Deadline day looks likely to pass quietly at Portman Road with manager Mick McCarthy having said he isn’t looking for any further senior additions.

One deal which is expected to be confirmed, however, is the signing of 19-year-old right-back or midfielder Barry Cotter from League of Ireland Limerick, as revealed by TWTD on Friday.

We understand the Blues also showed interest in Limerick frontman Chiedozie Ogbene, 20, who has joined Brentford on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

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heathen66 added 18:53 - Jan 30
So, Steve Bruce thinks he is an excellent No.10
Most of us here think he is an excellent No.10
However the tactical genius seem to think he is more effective chasing back covering for the wandering fullbacks, than creating chances in the oppositions half of the field.
Unfortunately if he does stay, he may be the next Freddie Sears.
I am unsure as to why people thinks he wants to leave. He works hard for the team (albeit in the wrong half of the pitch) but has the look of a frustrated attack minder footballer being asked to do something he physically is not comfortable with. Lets be honest, he never had pace when he was young !!!

Rensham added 19:44 - Jan 30
Great January transfer window again. 5 young talented signings. Just need to get Mick signed up for the next two years and a big promotion push next season.

dirtydingusmagee added 19:54 - Jan 30
Rensham how much do they charge for pies at Carrot Road these days ?

norfolkbluey added 19:55 - Jan 30
Appears that the general consensus is that Dids should go despite his quality on the ball.
He is slow but in the current market speed is required and he is stuck in second gear. He is also injury prone. That's three negatives to one positive. Time to go before it's for free!

wayway added 20:47 - Jan 30
A big promotion push if Boring Billy stays!!! only trouble is there will be less than 9000 in the ground to see it

blueboy1981 added 22:34 - Jan 30
....... fact is, that we as a Club are no longer a Club that players genuinely want to be at (other than loanees, has beens, and possible never will be's).

What amazes me is that some people (so called Supporters) continue to condone, and bury their heads in the sand as to what is obviously happening around them.

From whatever angle you look at our Club (exception Brian Klug, and the Academy) we are a shambles.
I mentioned previously about the current state of our pitch, compared to what it once was - this is another massive concern to those who REALLY care about our Club. The standards across the board have dropped alarmingly - and there is never any concern shown, explanation, or whatever from the powers that be. We have NEVER been the kind of Club we now very much are.

The whole scenario hurts all those who REALLY care about IPSWICH TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB - that includes myself. Never thought I would see the day when I gave up my Season Ticket, but I have, and sadly I have to admit I am not missing the buzz I once had every home game.

blueboy1981 added 22:40 - Jan 30
....... go and enjoy the twilight of your career McGoldrick elsewhere, and get your true game back - thanks for putting up with having your game ruined by the Dinosaur who continuously has played you out of position.

There's still time left in your career to be the player that we all know you are - played in your best and rightful position.

blueboy1981 added 22:42 - Jan 30
......... unfortunately some people's knowledge of the game is so limited - they wouldn't know the effect it can have on a player to continuously be played out of position. Hence some of the unfortunate posts.

Gcon added 07:38 - Jan 31
He remains the most skillful, technical and adept player we have.
Yes, his running style makes him look slow but he just has a rather louche manner - He is far from lazy, or slow, and he's just as often see defending as attacking.

Yes, he's had injury issues in the past, but barely this season. Yes, he's 30 and his contract is running down. Yes, he's expressed an interest to be closer to his young family.

I know a lot of people on here make judgements without attending games but do you really have to come on here and berate key players such as DM?

Gcon added 07:43 - Jan 31

Why spout your nonsense in one post when you can take up a whole page, eh?
Good on you mate, you are just what this club needs.

A moaning, bullying, non-attendee, troll....

Warkys_Tash added 10:45 - Jan 31
@Blueboy1981. Agree about the pitch, I thought that on Sat.

With regards to us other fans burying or hands in the sands, what do you propose we all do about it including your good self?

Jacking in your season ticket isn't really the answer Imo. It only adds to the clubs financial plight.

I don't like whats happened/happening but I still support.

blueboy1981 added 11:49 - Jan 31
Gcon .......... abuse is all you're good for.

Try compiling a constructive post ? - could be interesting .... !!!

Hypnotised by the minus button obviously........ and claiming to be a real Supporter ... !!!

blueboy1981 added 12:10 - Jan 31
Warky's Tash ......... admire your dedication, but there comes a tipping point imo - when the paying public becomes the mugs, and for me that point has been reached, and the enjoyment is no longer there.

The only time any action on the obvious demise of the Club will happen, is when the level of support is such that there is no option but action of correction.

In my opinion continuing to support such demise is futile, and non productive. Our Club is being slowly, but surely decimated on all fronts - even supporters are becoming split like never before - NOT GOOD.

Only my opinion - everyone entitled to such of there own.

Warkys_Tash added 16:10 - Jan 31
@Blueboy, yes agree but what are you suggesting. We know whats wrong, what are you proposing to do about it positively?

Standing back and moaning won't fix a thing.

blueboy1981 added 21:08 - Jan 31
Warky's Tash ....... there's a difference between moaning, and stating fact - many are doing the latter, but being labelled as guilty of the former. It's down to the reader to know the difference, of which should not be difficult.

People like you and I have two choices of action:-

1. Continue supporting as before - money still coming through the turnstile / season tickets - and nothing changes.

2. Cancel season ticket / stay away - lost income HAS to have a tipping point at some point through low attendance - a reasoned chance that things have to change.

No other choices - in my opinion.

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