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Lambert Confirms Jackson Bid
Friday, 11th Sep 2020 10:14

Town boss Paul Lambert has confirmed that the Blues rejected an offer from AFC Bournemouth for striker Kayden Jackson earlier in the week.

We understand the Cherries offered £1 million for the 26-year-old rather than the higher figure reported when the story initially broke.

Over the summer Jackson turned down the offer of a contract extension at Town.

Since then, various Championship clubs have been linked with the striker, including Coventry, Stoke City and Birmingham City.

As previously reported, Blackburn showed interest in January when League One Peterborough were also said to be keen, while we understand Luton Town have also been monitoring his situation.

“I just found out after the game on Tuesday that Bournemouth put a bid,” Lambert said when asked about the interest. "Again, I don’t think it’s up to [owner] Marcus [Evans]’s valuation.

“Now that might transpire, I don’t know. That’s up to Bournemouth, what they want to do with it.

“I spoke to Kayden the other day and he was really good, no issues at all. He’s got a little injury at the minute but he was really professional about it, no problem there.”

Did the move not interest last season’s 11-goal joint-top scorer? “I think any player wants to improve and if it’s an opportunity to go to a higher level, maybe more money, all those sorts of thing.

“But again it’s up to Marcus what he does with the transfer fee if one does come in and it’s suitable for the football club moving forward.”

We understand Bournemouth view Jackson as a squad player rather than an initial regular starter and have other players who they see in a similar way that they have turned their attention to since their offer was turned down, however, that doesn’t rule out a return for the Town frontman.

Asked whether he would look to replace Jackson, who was signed from Accrington Stanley in the summer of 2018 for £1.6 million, were he to move on, Lambert said: “There are certain areas of the pitch we need strengthening anyway.

"The midfield is overcooked anyway, there’s loads of competition in there. I still think we’re light a bit in wide areas. If money comes in, you can strengthen different areas.”

But he admits his ability to replace Jackson were he to depart, or make signings in other areas, is limited by the constraints of the salary cap.

“Yes, that’s the big problem,” he said. "Even if money comes in, you can’t spend it. That’s the problem, with the salary cap the way it is that’s what can happen.

“I wouldn’t want to stand in anybody’s way to better themselves. If Kayden or any other player moves, we can think we had a part in his development and they’re moving on, which is fine. But when money comes in and you can’t spend it, it becomes difficult.”

However, with his responsibility the success of the football club, an individual player’s career development can’t be treated as the main factor in these situations? “No, you can’t but money dictates what’s happening, and money will dictate what happens here as well.

“If somebody comes in with more money for somebody and it’s something the owner wants to do, then he’ll decide what he wants to do with the money. Like anything, finances are a big part of the game.”

Given the salary cap, might his other business have to be loans of U21 players? “Yes, and another thing is that we’ve got too many players at the minute. We have to submit a squad of 22 soon.

"I think the whole pandemic has caused havoc with everything, the salary cap, everything really. It’s a strange situation for everybody, but we have to look at that."

Lambert says Jackson, who us currently sidelined with a groin injury, is in his plans, although he says he faces a battle to get into the side once he is fit with the Blues starting with one central striker in a 4-3-3 system.

“He’s got his hands full with Aaron Drinan and others [James Norwood and Oli Hawkins] playing ahead of him at the minute because of his injury.

“There’s only one striker to choose from at the minute and, as I said before, any position on the park, once you get that jersey my advice would be keep a hold of it because you could find yourself a long time out.”

He says the Bradford-born frontman is making progress on the fitness front: “Kayden’s doing OK, he was jogging the other day, which is a good sign.”

Given that there is currently only one central striker’s role, does Lambert see Jackson as someone who could play one of the wider positions up front?

“When I came here Kayden was a striker and the last manager bought him as a centre-forward and that’s only where I’ve seen him," he said. "So, I guess you’re better asking Paul Hurst that really.”

Jackson has played that position before at Barnsley, albeit not in their first team, however, Lambert doesn’t see a need to play him there at present at Town.

“I really don’t know,” he added. "The guys out wide at this moment are playing really, really well. Kayden’s injured at the minute. The team is playing really well at this moment.

“Kayden’s injured at the minute, Aaron Drinan’s playing really well through the middle. When Kayden comes back from injury, then we’d have to see.”

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MaySixth added 10:25 - Sep 11
Why would we ask Paul Hurst on Kayden Jackson's best position for Ipswich Town?

You are the manager Lambert. Paul Hurst left almost two years ago.

Bluefox added 10:28 - Sep 11
hmm, sounds like Lambert wouldn't be too upset if a decent bid came in. Suggesting that he is currently fourth choice for the one centre forward spot – and he doesn't rate him out wide. From what we have seen of Jackson he needs a centre forward to play off – when he has been the lone striker he was pretty poor, rarely managing to hold the ball up...
Last season Lambert tried to find a system to fit round the Norwood/Jackson partnership (which was never prolific). This season the players are going to have to fit the system. It doesn't look like a system that suits Jackson's game.

planetblue_2011 added 10:35 - Sep 11
Keep Drinan in the side! Keep playing well & earn the shirt to be a regular starter.
This is what Jackson, Norwood & co needs competition.

Skip73 added 10:37 - Sep 11
£1m, A pathetic bid, but we can't expect high bids for any player as everybody knows what a soft touch the club are. Expect him to leave for no more than £2m.

Marinersnose added 10:42 - Sep 11
Totally agree PL will be happy for him to leave and so will I as it’s clear he wants out. He had a decent last season but still only scored 11 goals and his decision making and first touch is poor. I’d rather see player’s fighting for the cause than those who think they’re better than they really are. He’ll be so easy for Championship defender who will play off his first touch. Pace is a valuable asset but you need to control a football. Goodbye.

PortmanTerrorist added 10:45 - Sep 11
I like Jackson, but I really struggle with the idea of him getting 20+ goals in this or any league.

At least Freddie and Norwood have that in their locker....if played up top, and ideally not on their own !

SaigonTractor added 11:08 - Sep 11
Considering how much Bournemouth have been getting for their players £1mil is an absolute joke, even if you take our finish last season into account.

Ake alone sold for £40mil+.

BlueandTruesince82 added 11:26 - Sep 11
2 million squid still seems like good value for him, 1 mil not quite enough bearing in mind the difficulty we will have in replacing him

SaigonTractor added 11:32 - Sep 11
One other thing to keep in mind is that Accrington probably have a decent sell-on percentage of any profit we make, which should only increase what we ask from Bournemouth.

bobble added 11:45 - Sep 11
sears and drinan are much better

runningout added 11:54 - Sep 11
Bournemouth benefitted a lot from our last offload to them. Think they could offer what Jacksons worth in this day and age. He’s got what it takes like s lot of our players, who haven’t been showing it

MonkeyAlan added 13:24 - Sep 11
Lambert says in one sentence we are a bit light in wide areas. But then also says the guys out wide are good, so Jackson doesn't fit there. Perhaps Lambert needs to make his mind up?

heathen66 added 13:27 - Sep 11
Jackson will get you 20+ goals if he is given any sort of service.
Spent all of last season trying to make something from scraps and aimless long hoofs out of defence.
It is not just his goals it is his movement and assists.
The current formation is not 4-3-3 it more like a 4-5-1 with Jugde, Edwards, Sears etc playing wide roles.
Would love to see Norwood and Jackson play up top with a Centre forward such as Drinnan or Hawkins.
Three across the midfield supplying the front three with Ward and KVY providing some 'extra' width when needed.

casanovacrow added 13:41 - Sep 11
I'd even be tempted at £1m. He'll go for nothing at the end of the season and would barely make a contribution to the starting 11 considering the other options we have.

TimmyH added 14:16 - Sep 11
Let's be honest he hasn't done that much in league one or the Championship to be considered a £2M+ striker, when ever I've seen him play he's generally looked underwhelming.

heathen66 added 14:39 - Sep 11
I do find it strange how people think Sears will get you 20+ goals.
He has never hit 20 goals for any team in any division (the most was 12 League goals for Col U in any one season).
Sill not sure about Sears long term fitness, nor that of Norwood so it would be very fooling to start limiting your options in these important positions.
If we need to off load then we need to look in the middle of the park, but apart from Downes no other club is interested which perhaps shows where and why the club is where it is at the moment.
We need to start playing a system which utilises our strengths, and not shoehorning players in to keep them happy.
Once this is done then we can see the full worth of the players and perhaps those that are not up to it.

afcfee added 15:00 - Sep 11
Norwood couldn't get you 20 goals in league one he can't stay sober long enough.

Linkboy13 added 15:28 - Sep 11
Sears went over 30 games without scoring at one stage, so Mc carthy had to find him another role in the team hardly prolific is it. Drinian is showing promise but we haven't seen him in a competitive game yet so let's judge him then. Jackson's no world beater ,but in Town's 9 league wins he scored in all of them plus he had 8 assists which makes him a valuable asset at this level.

dirtydingusmagee added 16:05 - Sep 11
Skip 2 Million would be quite flattering imo. he's not exactly lethal,

ArnieM added 17:05 - Sep 11
Lol why do Bournemouth think we’d accept an offer less than we paid for him ? Tw@‘s

carlisleaway added 17:19 - Sep 11
I have faith in Jackson, he will only get better. Ridiculous offer from Bournemouth considering the monies they have received.....pee taking

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