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McKenna: Nothing Close But We Have Targets Across a Couple of Positions
Thursday, 13th Jan 2022 15:16

Blues boss Kieran McKenna says Town aren’t currently close on making the first signing of his time at Portman Road but that that doesn’t mean there won’t be players coming in before the end of the January window.

“We’re working a lot behind the scenes,” the Northern Irishman said. “We’ve been speaking a lot about players. We have lists in different positions.

“There’s not been anything yet we’ve felt imminently right for the group that we felt was going to improve the level of what we have here or add anything very different to the group. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be over the next couple of weeks.

“I wouldn’t say we’re close with anything but we have targets across a couple of positions that we feel that might be options for us and we’re in dialogue on those positions and, as I said, there are still a couple of weeks left of the window.

“We have the option and the possibility to bring some people in if we feel that that’s right but it has to be right. It has to be right for the long term for the club and also part of that, the long-term future of the club is very heavily linked to the short term and it has to be right for the short term, it has to be someone who is going to improve and impact the team in a positive way for the rest of the season, while still fitting into the long-term picture here.

“We’re speaking, we’re watching and looking at a lot of different options and when the right thing comes up that we’re really confident that it’s going to be an improvement on what we have here and then we’re ready to make the move on that.”

One player who is among those who has been spoken about is Manchester United left-sided defender Alvaro Fernandez.

While reports last week claiming the Blues had made a loan move for the 18-year-old Spanish U19 international were premature, we understand his potential recruitment has been discussed and is something which could happen before the window closes.

McKenna says he speaks frequently with CEO Mark Ashton regarding possible incoming additions.

“That’s pretty much the case with Mark anyway since I started the job and I see that being the same going forward,” he said.

“It’s very important not just in terms of recruitment but in terms of all aspects of the club that we have a really tight relationship, that are both joined-up in our thinking with things and if there’s anything that we need to discuss through then we do so.

“So that relationship has been good. Obviously, recruitment is a big part of that. It’s not just Mark and myself but [director of football operations] Gary Probert, [chief operation officer] Luke Werhun, the recruitment team here, [assistant manager] Martyn [Pert] and my other assistant coaches as well.

“Everybody having a say, everybody having a really good eye on what’s out there at the moment, what moves we might need to do and what players might end up having offers from here.

“So there is a lot of dialogue going on at the moment on a daily basis and we feel like we’re in a strong position, but we’re trying to stay active and stay alert and be ready should it be the right thing for us to make a move.”

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buzbyblue added 15:19 - Jan 13
Sounds like we have to move on 3 or 4 fringe players to free up wages under FPP before anything worth doing could be done?

RegencyBlue added 15:19 - Jan 13
The more I hear this guy the more I like him!

JewellintheTown added 16:43 - Jan 13
Alvaro Fernandez seems a tasty player. Him & Celina (on form) especially! We have the makings of a great team already, but, oh boy, what fun they'd have together.

kpblues added 16:56 - Jan 13
I know these player videos can be a little flattering but wow I like the look of this guy.

Great ball control, two footed, good passing ability with speed and flair.

Could be fun to watch.

keighleyblue added 17:12 - Jan 13
This would be amazing. He has been at Real Madrid and Man Utd. Arguably the biggest clubs in Europe.

Suffolkboy added 17:25 - Jan 13
COOL , calm and collected ; doesn’t get over excited but conveys his enthusiasm effortlessly !
Day by day looks a great acquisition !

Marcus added 18:51 - Jan 13
Nothing close has meant, in recent history, that numerous signings are less than day away.

churchmans added 00:01 - Jan 14
I hate these regular predictable comments when a player nobody has heard of commenting how schit hot or sign him rubbish! Listen he look good on youtube against players of 17 & 18 yrs of age!

Look its exciting,interesting stuff but just wish some of these regulars would stop sucking so hard on every story about a possible player!
Start sucking if you know or when you see for yourself the player delivers

Beattiesballbag added 23:02 - Jan 14
Fernandez.......looks very similar to Penny going forward, so should fit in ?

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