Ipswich Town interested in Gareth McAuley as they close in on loan signing of Jon Walters

PUBLISHED: 13:35 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 30 August 2018

Gareth McAuley is a free agent after leaving West Brom this summer. Photo: PA

Gareth McAuley is a free agent after leaving West Brom this summer. Photo: PA

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Gareth McAuley is one of several central defenders Ipswich Town have shown interest in, we understand.

Gareth McAuley played against Norwich City back in 2011 and could, potentially, make his second debut for the club against the Canaries on Sunday. Photo: ArchantGareth McAuley played against Norwich City back in 2011 and could, potentially, make his second debut for the club against the Canaries on Sunday. Photo: Archant

Blues boss Paul Hurst has signed young winger Jordan Graham on loan from Wolves this week and is closing in on the addition of veteran striker Jon Walters on a six-month loan from Burnley.

A centre-back is the last remaining piece of the jigsaw ahead of Friday’s 5pm deadline with a deal for long-term target Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) having gone cold.

Town re-signing former duo Walters and McAuley – eight and seven years on from their departures respectively – seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago as Hurst targeted young players from the lower leagues he knows so well.

However, the Blues boss – whose side are bottom of the Championship table and out of the Carabao Cup just six games into the campaign – is keen to add a bit of short-term experience to his thin squad as they continue to collectively find their feet at this level.

McAuley, who turns 39 in December, is a free agent after being released by West Brom this summer.

The Northern Ireland international was a popular figure during his three seasons at Portman Road (08-11) and went on to be a Premier League regular with the Baggies.

It’s been reported that Scottish Premier League side Rangers, now managed by Steven Gerrard, were closing in on his signing.

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