IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy has revealed that DJ Campbell will NOT be signing for the club on a permanent basis.

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The Blues boss was keen to sign the 31-year-old striker from QPR after he scored 10 goals in 17 games during a recent loan spell.

However, McCarthy revealed at this lunchtime’s press conference that Campbell has agreed to sign a three-year deal elsewhere, with Cardiff, Hull and Crystal Palace having all been linked in recent weeks.

“I spoke to DJ yesterday and, as far as I’m aware, he’s going to a club,” said McCarthy. “If that’s not public then I’m not going to tell you where that is, but he won’t be coming back here.

“Listen, good luck to him. I think he’s going to be getting a three-year deal that would take him up to 34/35 – and that means he can look after himself and his family.

“We give him out best wishes because he was great for us. He’s such a lovely guy and a real nice man. I hope he gets what he wants for himself and his family.” He continued: “I wanted him back, but that disappointment is slightly tempered by the fact that I always knew what the score might be. You can see that by the fact I signed two strikers (David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean) the week he left.

“I thought, having played here and done so well, he would have attracted the attention of someone else who would be in a better position to offer him a three-year deal.”

Shortly after the news was made public, Campbell wrote on social networking site Twitter: “2all ipswich fans it was a pleasure 2play 4 ipswich!! Its a shame I couldn’t stay long-term but I truly wish u all the best god bless u all.”

Asked of he was closing in on any new arrivals, McCarthy said: “No, we’re not. We’ll keep looking and keep talking, but there’s nothing happening at the moment.”

Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp and Colchester United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth are both understood to be targets, but when asked what he could say about the duo, McCarthy quipped: “One’s a midfield player and the other’s a goalkeeper. Even if there was something to say, I wouldn’t.”

Yesterday it emerged that Blackburn Rovers could look to recall Bradley Orr when his loan spell is at an end on January 26, despite having previously agreed to an extension to the end of the season.

McCarthy says the situation will become clearer once the next two matches are out of the way, saying: “It’s to be seen yet. I’ll deal with the two games (home to Barnsley and away to Bristol City) and then we’ll see.

“I think (new Blackburn manager) Michael Appleton probably does want to have a look at him, but let’s get these games out of the way. If I was him I’d be wanting to do it because I’d want all the players in. I want Bradley focused on our games, whatever happens.”

Meanwhile, the Town boss confirmed that neither of the triallists involved in Monday’s Under-21 game at Charlton – Moldovan international defender Petru Racu and Banbury United winger Kynan Isaac – have been kept on.

He also said there is nothing new regarding Josh Carson or Jason Scotland moving on, the duo having been made available for a loan and permanent transfer respectively.

Elsewhere, former Blues striker and coach Chris Kiwomya has been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth.

– Ipswich Town staff are currently working hard to ensure that tomorrow’s home game against Barnsley goes ahead, with heavy snow forecast later. Keep checking this website for the latest news.

15 comments

  • I suspect even the most blinkered 'fans' realise that Town under he current regime have no chance of signing any player wanted by any other club in the top half of the football league ... which once again asks the question what on earth is the point in relying on mercenaries (other than the obvious financial benefit of fielding a team financed by others) which benefits only your competitors.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Swap Wordsworth for Scotland to the benefit of both.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Not impressed - possibly the only player of 20+ incomers in the past few years who actually scored goals and delivered what was needed. Something in question regarding our business acumen?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Brisie, you really are pathetic, if you want to have a go at me about my entries do me the courtesy of getting your facts right. I have not had a go at MM in fact if you look back my entries are generally in support of the manager. I am pointing out the lack of support the ownergives to the manager. I will say however that I am dissapointed in MM in this instance as I thought he was a big enough man not to put up with ME nonsence and lack of investment in the team. We have needed a striker for seasons, now we had the chance of one but ME thinks he know better than people who have been in the game a little longer than him. All I hope now is the MM does does come out with the same rubbish as PJ and try to tell us he has the backing of the owner.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Why would we buy a 31 year old player and give him a 3 year deal? DJ has done wonders for Town, no-one could possibly disagree with that, but if he has been offered longer terms elsewhere then its only human nature that he would take it. I for one would like to thank him and wish him luck in his new job. We have younger players in the Squad now and they should be given their chance, whether they take it or not is up to them.

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    felixblue

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Well theres a surprise..... we've been looking for a 20 goals a year striker for years, we finally find one with that potential and we don't come up with the deal to secure him... Very disappointing!! I do hope the two new guys are up to the task, alas I fear not, but only time will tell, I do hope I'm wrong.....

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    Paul Breach

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Well said felixblue. Imagine the comments from Steroo if we gave a 31 year old a 3 year contract. I can hear the dad's army comments as we speak. : )

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    bristan

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Cyril,I think your remarks of calling me 'pathetic' are a bit over the top don't you.! All I was saying was that none of us knows what goes on behind the scenes,we can only guess.My point to you was,why should we give a 31year old player a 42 month contract and i I guess a high wage.Surely it makes sense to bring in younger players and build the team round them which he has done.so my comments to you were not pathetic.Please give MM a chance and then judge at the end of the season.

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    brisie58

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • how'd the town do

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • so we go from 11 strikers to 10,in mick we trust COYB.

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    david peters

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • The clue is in "a three year deal" Evans and Clegg just don't do 3 year deals. Remember Norris? Again it's out of the manager's hands.

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    Big Spot

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • whats wrong with loan players if top teams in the premier league use the system why not us, the financial crisis in football and the country affects everything including ipswich town.

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    david peters

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Here we go again,Cyril moaning.why don't you just give MM some credit,he has a far better view of things within the club than you.DJ could have been asking for a very high wage.

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    brisie58

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • if marcus evans can not sign a player ,who,s goals have got us out of the bottom three,then i can not waste my money on supporting his cause.in business u have to speculate to accumulate d j could have fired us to the premier league even if it would take three years.

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    patrickmills15

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Didnt you know it, same old story, all we have is signings to replace those that have left. The squad is no stronger, in fact is weaker by the loss of Campbell.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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