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Philogene: Barcelona a Dream But I'll Be Moving to the Premier League
Friday, 5th Jul 2024 13:00

Blues target Jayden Philogene has confirmed he’s looking to join a Premier League club rather than La Liga giants.

Town have made a £35 million joint-bid to Hull City for winger Philogene and centre-half Jacob Greaves. Advanced talks regarding the forward are understood to be ongoing.

Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Aston Villa are all also understood to be keen on the 22-year-old, while Barca were also believed to be eyeing the former England U21 international, although the veracity of that interest has been called into question by some sources.

Regardless, Philogene, who is expected to make a decision on his future soon, says he is only looking at a move to the Premier League at this point in his career.

“La Liga [and Barcelona] is still my dream but the clearest option that was presented to me was [the Premier League] and that is what we are focused on,” he told SER Catalunya.

“Since the beginning of my career, my idols have been [former Barcelona players] Ronaldinho and Neymar and I want to follow in their footsteps [one day].”

The deal which is claimed to have been proposed by the La Liga club was an initial loan with an option to buy for €30 million (£25.4 million), subject to the number of games he plays.

Londoner Philogene, who has two years left on his Hull contract with the club having an option for a further season, joined Villa’s academy from the Pro:Direct Academy and spent spells on loan with Stoke and Cardiff City prior to making his £5 million switch to the MKM Stadium a year ago.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest are the latest club to be credited with interest in Greaves, 23. Everton and West Ham have previously been linked along with the Blues.

Elsewhere, Benin international striker Steve Mounié, 29, who was linked with the Blues earlier in the week, has joined Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a three-year deal having left Stade Brestois, who finished third in Ligue 1 in France last season.

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rodthergasman added 13:10 - Jul 5
Let's hope they get this one.

ArnieM added 13:11 - Jul 5
It's now I'm moving to the PL, not Ipswich anymore. Hmmm ....have we lost him to a more established PL club I wonder. I hope not.

BobbyBell added 13:23 - Jul 5
Mark Ashton has previously said that we only want players who are keen to come here so the fact that we are in advanced talks suggests to me that he is keen. Let's hope that we can agree terms and get his signature.

baxterbasics added 13:36 - Jul 5
Barca: "I don't even know who you are...."

dirtydingusmagee added 13:52 - Jul 5
seemed like he wanted to come to Town, now if this statement has any credibility it may not be the case, Everton are trying to tempt him, hope im wrong and Ashton gets this done .

chappie added 14:00 - Jul 5
Have faith, Ashton is the mailman.

He always delivers.

Gforce added 14:02 - Jul 5
The Barca link was total nonsense, just his agent trying it on with a ridiculous PR stunt,probably hoping to increase his value.
Hope this deal still happens, but I'm sceptical.

mow_the_lawn added 14:14 - Jul 5
I think realistically it’s between us and Palace for him particularly if they get big money in for Olise. We’re the types of club that he’d shine in more than the others linked even if they can offer more wages.

AbujaBlue added 14:28 - Jul 5
Are others reading between the lines and seeing things I'm not? He is stating fact by saying he wants so join a PL (which includes Ipswich) side. He's hardly going to say he wants to join Ipswich when negotiations are ongoing!

Linkboy13 added 15:10 - Jul 5
If this deal is not done by tomorrow morning i would say that it's dead in the water. Being a Londoner i would suggest that Crystal Palace would be very tempting to him that's if the terms are right.

Lukeybluey added 15:22 - Jul 5
Never in a million years would I have thought I'd see the day we'd be mentioned in connection with a player along with Barcelona...doesn't seem real. The days of looking to sign Tony Dinning on a free look to be long gone...

BlueWax added 15:27 - Jul 5
Spot on G force, and if true his agent shoukd be struck off and heavily fined. Thought he was being clever it seems but now looks a fool, albeit a rich one. If he gets booted out then he can always go into politics I'm sure!

gosblue added 16:20 - Jul 5
A few online sources suggesting United and Spurs interest in Philogene. FLW and Soccerworld shouldn’t be taken too seriously but The Yorkshire Post has a slightly better reputation.

paris_mitchell_in_oz added 16:38 - Jul 5
Looks some player, doesn't he?

runningout added 17:06 - Jul 5
reckon he’ll fancy London club as from that neck of the woods

Nutkins_Return added 17:09 - Jul 5
Arnie he's never said he's moving to Ipswich! Juswe are in advanced talks. Doesn't mean we are the only party in advanced talks!?

tetchris added 17:50 - Jul 5
Well we all know his agent was bullsh*tting as he flew to Barcelona, took some pics at the training ground and was told to leave as he had no reason to be there. Directors never heard of him. Although they have scouted the player and heard good reports they are not interested in signing him. So did the player put his agent up to it or did his agent tell him that Barcelona want to sign you or I can get you a deal at Barcelona. Makes you wonder?

ArnieM added 18:42 - Jul 5
Nutmins Return: having looked back on previous reports I can see that now. Amazing how the brain interprets what it wants to isn't it lol..... I just hope " advanced talks" means we stand a chance.

algarvefan added 19:28 - Jul 5
If not him, there will be others, as long as the player is the right fit for us, that's what matters. COYB

Monkey_Blue added 20:19 - Jul 5
At no point has Philogene come out and said “I want to Join Ipswich” so he’s rowing nothing back by saying he wants to sign for a PL team. Get a grip some of you.

tractorboybig added 07:42 - Jul 6
If he came here we would be second choice so NO

dirtydingusmagee added 09:13 - Jul 6
guess its going to be another ''Monday story '' now. Im less optimistic about this one now , but, Mark Ashton pulls of some blinders and nothing said till deals done,so fingers crossed.

Len_Brennan added 18:24 - Jul 6
Crystal Palace, with Rak-Sakyi going the other way, now seems likely.

MK1 added 11:14 - Jul 7
Barcelona can have him in 3 years time for £120M. Would like to see this deal done for us, think he would be great here.

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