IPSWICH TOWN manager Mick McCarthy is facing competition from Crystal Palace to land former loan striker, DJ Campbell.

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The QPR forward, who plundered 10 goals in 17 games for the Blues during a successful loan period at Portman Road earlier this season, has been told he can leave Loftus Road by manager, Harry Redknapp.

We understand that McCarthy has lodged a bid for the 31-year-old hitman, but his form in Suffolk has alerted a number of other teams with Premier League side, Fulham and Championship high-flyers, Hull City and Cardiff City, the latest teams reportedly interested in the former Hayes & Yeading man.

However, Palace could now be at the front of the queue to sign Campbell, courtesy of the striker’s relationship with Eagles’ boss, Ian Holloway. Campbell’s goals, during a loan spell at Blackpool, helped fire the Tangerines to the Premier League when Holloway was in charge.

Holloway confirmed today that he had spoken with R’s boss Harry Redknapp regarding the frontman: “Have I rung Harry Redknapp? Yeah. Does that mean I’m going to get him? No.

“Am I fighting for him? Yeah. Will I get him? I don’t know.

”But it’s him and AN Other. There are lots of other players I could get.

“I never promise the fans anything I can’t produce. I remember the Quincy Jones song The Dude, ‘don’t let your mouth write a cheque that your body can’t cash’. That’s what I don’t like doing.

“I’m trying my best, the board are trying their best to add to the group and we know time is ticking.”

QPR are prepared to off-load the striker, following the arrival of French forward, Loic Remy, from Marseille and the return of Jay Bothroyd from a loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Fellow Rangers striker, Djibril Cisse, is in talks over a move to Qatar side, Al-Gharafa.

6 comments

  • I am with you Cyril, I reckon DJC brought us around 14 points - take thos off and we are in real deep trouble! No player has contributed so much - yes he is older than some but his experience shines through - how many thousands of pounds (or millions) is his contribution to Championship safety worth?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Is this a case of an opportunity lost? Money and ambition talk, DJC has delivered more than any other recent addition, we would be bonkers not to sign him - he is a proven goal scorer and wears the blue shirt well. This will be a real test of our ability to do the right thing, so we must surely make the deal happen. Without his goals we would probably be bottom of the league - am I wrong? I can't remember the last striker who actually came to Portman Road with so much success.... So quickly, he is the real deal. Sign him up, sign him up....

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I presume if we signed DJ he would get a 2 or 3 year contract, which puts him on 33 or 34. It all comes down to what Harry thinks he is worth. Being a wise old owl he probably won't be peanuts.MM will make a good assessment of DJ and pay accordingly. Yes, he was good for us, but with the current amount of strikers available maybe we should be sourcing a young and up and coming striker from the lower divisions or possibly abroad. I am still not convinced that our current lack of goals is all down to the strikers. The midfield simply does not put enough quality balls into the penalty area, this must also apply to the fullbacks when they overlap. Also, unless your RVP when you are getting rotated as the strikers are at the moment it must be hard to get an understanding with your partner, or in fact take a chance if it comes when you have only just come on the field.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Town have made a major contribution to Palace's promotion push... giving them Delaney, gifting them Garvan..... and getting this aging mercenary match fit.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Rob, there are no arguments to the facts you list but why do you need to be so rude about a player who probably saved us from relegation.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Blue and true, you have got it in one, no one player has made such a difference for ages, if his decision is based on the fee and the wages, it has to be right for us to sign him so come on ME show your desire.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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