‘Playing for Ipswich would have soured wonderful memories’ - former Norwich man Jerome not keen on Town move

PUBLISHED: 13:01 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:01 29 August 2018

Cameron Jerome, centre pictured celebrating a goal at Portman Road, doesn't want to sour his memories of playing for Norwich by joining Ipswich. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Cameron Jerome, centre pictured celebrating a goal at Portman Road, doesn't want to sour his memories of playing for Norwich by joining Ipswich. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Ipswich Town did enquire about the availability of Derby striker Cameron Jerome but the striker has opted against exploring a potential move due to his connections with rivals Norwich.

Cameron Jerome looks set to move abroad before the loan deadline. Picture: FOCUS IMAGESCameron Jerome looks set to move abroad before the loan deadline. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

The Blues are after a loan striker prior to Friday’s deadline and were one of a number of clubs linked with Jerome, who played for the Canaries for three-and-a-half years before joining Derby in January.

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It is understood Jerome is set to move overseas before the deadline, while QPR, Hull, Blackburn and Reading have also been linked, with the striker’s affinity with Norwich a reason why an offer from Ipswich was not entertained.

Jerome’s agent, Eric Walters, told the EADT/Ipswich Star: “Cameron has decided on going elsewhere because of his association with the Norwich faithful, whose company on a Saturday afternoon he thoroughly enjoyed.

“Playing for Ipswich was something that would have soured those wonderful memories but I thank Ipswich Town and Mr Evans for his interest.”

Derby's Cameron Jerome had been linked with a move to Ipswich Town. Picture: FOCUS IMAGESDerby's Cameron Jerome had been linked with a move to Ipswich Town. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

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Jerome scored 42 goals in 138 games for the Canaries, including one in the play-off semi-final second leg against the Blues at Carrow Road in May 2015.

He subsequently scored in the Wembley final which followed, helping take the Canaries to the Premier League, while he also found the net in the 1-1 draw at Portman Road in August 2016.

He has not featured for the Rams this season.

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Ipswich boss Paul Hurst, who completed the loan signing of Jordan Graham from Wolves yesterday, is still thought to want to add a striker and a central defender to his squad before Friday’s deadline.

Curtis Tilt remains a target, having been identified by the Blues boss in the early days of his tenure at Portman Road, but the two clubs are no further forward in terms of finalising a deal.

Tilt did not play in his side’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster last night, with Blackpool caretaker manager Terry McPhillips revealing he picked up a knock in training.

“We’ll have to see on Friday at teatime, we’ll have to wait and see,” he added, when asked if he expects Tilt to remain a Blackpool player beyond the end of this week. “If he is, then hopefully he’s ready for Walsall on Saturday.”

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