Ipswich Town transfer rumours: Blues closing in on the loan signing of Wolves’ forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
PUBLISHED: 11:25 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 11 July 2017
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Ipswich Town are interested in signing Wolves forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson on loan, according to reports.
Midlands-based freelance journalist Tim Nash has reported that the Blues are set to make a move for the Icelandic international after he was left out of the squad which travelled to Austria for a pre-season tour.
Bodvarsson has been capped 32 times by his country and played a key role in their successful Euro 2016 tournament last summer.
Having initially made his name with Selfoss (Iceland) and Viking (Norway), he was brought to Wolves from German second-tier club Kaiserslautern last summer for a reported fee of around £1m by boss Walter Zenga, signing a three-year deal.
Bodvarsson made 24 starts and 24 substitute appearances in his debut season at Molineux, becoming less of a regular when Paul Lambert took over in November.
He now appears surplus to requirements under new Portuguese boss Nuno Espirito Santo, with the club having recently broken the Championship transfer record to sign Ruben Neves from FC Porto for £15.8m and set for a continued spending spree.
It’s understood that Wolves would be prepared to sell Bodvarsson if they could recoup much of last summer’s outlay, but Town would prefer a loan deal.
Town’s striker options currently consist of new signing Joe Garner (Rangers, £750k), David McGoldrick, Freddie Sears and Brett Pitman, though the latter is understood to be transfer listed. Kieffer Moore has joined League One side Rotherham United on loan.
Wolves have been linked with Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and left-back Jonas Knudsen this summer, but we understand interest in Bodvarsson is not part of any kind of swap deal.
Meanwhile, Wolves also look set to offload tricky winger Jordan Graham – a player McCarthy may well be interested in as he seeks to add to his wide options.
The 22-year-old made just two appearances during a loan spell at Town from Aston Villa back in 2013, enjoyed a red-hot spell of form following a move to Wolves before suffering a long-term knee injury. He returned to action in April, but has also been left out of the squad which has travelled to Austria.
Bodvarsson quickly became a cult hero early on at Wolves after scoring a superb goal in a 3-1 win at rivals Birmingham and the Icelandic clap became a feature of the post-match celebrations. Increasingly though he became an impact substitute after Paul Lambert arrived.
He’s 6ft 3in tall, not short of pace and selflessly runs the channels from the first to the last minute. The only problem is, he’s far from prolific. He netted just three times last season and didn’t get bags of chances either.
Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor may just see him as another Daryl Murphy project and an alterative following failed attempts to sign Marley Watkins and Jordan Hugill.
Wolves often used him as lone front man, but there’s a sense he would benefit more from playing with a strike partner. He might just prove a useful foil for the likes of Joe Garner, David McGoldrick or Freddie Sears.