KEEN to add a creative spark to his goal-shy side, Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has switched his sights to Arsenal’s emerging German star Thomas Eisfeld.

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The Blues bosses’ top target had been Brentford youngster Harry Forrester, but the 22-year-old’s impressive goalscoring display in his side’s 2-2 FA Cup draw with Chelsea yesterday means there is likely to be several Premier League clubs at the front of the queue.

As a result, the EADT understands talks are under way with Arsenal with regards a loan deal for 20-year-old Eisfeld.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger paid Borussia Dortmund almost £500,000 in compensation for the attacking midfielder at the start of 2012 after his six goals and six assists in just 12 appearances for the German club’s youth team.

Praised by Wenger for having good ‘technical ability and attitude’, Eisfeld – who captained his country at Under-15 level before a cruciate knee injury set him back – made his debut for the Londoners as a substitute in their 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup last October.

Town – who are the Championship’s lowest goalscorers with 29 goals from 29 games – find themselves right back in the heart of a relegation dogfight following Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at rock-bottom Bristol City.

Goals and creativity from midfield have been in short supply, with a seething McCarthy slamming his side for once again letting the opposition ‘off the hook’ at the weekend.

The Blues have slipped back to within a place of the drop zone and, while the gap remains at six points, the bottom three all have a game in hand.

– Join Ipswich Town writers Stuart Watson and Chris Brammer for a live webchat at 1pm today. Follow the link on the homepage.

14 comments

  • Why have a youth academy of your own and continually look elsewhere aka Rhodes etc,why train on other clubs young ones, look closer to home.

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    Downunder

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Cyril do you think that the owner should just keep buying any player that the EADT print an interest in. He cannot just keep forking out money for players, we have a squad which requires payment each week so unless MM gets rid of players then buying new ones is impractical. There is enough players on the books to get them out of this trouble they just require backing from all supporters and the manager let some of the youngsters in they will play there hearts out were as most loan players will not.

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    finchk702

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Finchk702 quite frankly I am not interested in whether or not the eadt has mentioned any player I just want to see our owner open his purse. Dont give me that rot about having to sell to buy, he still has the money from Wickham or can you not count.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Mick won't stay here long. Either ME backs him, or he'll leave at the end of the season.

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    Jason

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Perhaps you should remind No Loans No Make that SiX Loans McCarthy of what he said when he correctly identified Town's utterly pointless and suicidal policy of loaning in transient mercenaries en masse as a key contributor to their catastrophic season.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • The dependence on loans is inevitable so why not enjoy the benefit of a quality PL reserve? Frimpong was available but went to the PL so the Arsenal reserves should have something worthwhile to offer?

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    Bleeding Blue

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • If we get this player I hope he shows up better than our previous Arsenal import !!!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Stuart why are you covering up for ME once again you know full well we are looking at the Arsenal youngster because we can get him on loan and will mean our owner does not have to open his purse to buy Harry Forrester. Its time you started supporting the fans and not the owner.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • We probably look elswhere Down under, because the manager has assessed our own youngsters are not good enough for the championship. They might play their hearts out, but you need more than that to play at this level. Reo Coker is the only loan player who has been lacking in effort for us, in my opinion.

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    jungle boy

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Get realistic even if ipswich could afford forrester-there is little chance of him choosing to come here.Loans are the only option for low ranked championships teams.

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    Nanaimo jack

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Why on earth do any of us continue to post on this site? Unless you support the hierarchy of this club and DO NOT voice an honest opinion, you get posted. If however, you dare to open your mouth and tell the truth as you see it, you get black-balled. Waste of time this paper.

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    floridaboy1

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • For once a serious question. What is going on at Archant Newspapers? There were no posts published on any of the ITFC articles on Saturday night despite the EDP showing well over 100 posts on just one of their articles about Norwich? Even today there are very few posts about ITFC and a good majority of them are from Norwich supporters (some serial annoyances such as Steroo andor Ged Scot, Clever Canary etc etc) but also others. I know I am setting myself up for more inane comments from the above but seriously I cannot believe there is such a disparity between the wish to comment on our team and that of the Norfolk budgie keepers. My only conclusion is that ITFC supporters have grown tired of commenting on what they are dished up or that for some reason Archant operates some form of censorship policy that stops posts to the ITFC site (something that has happened to me on many occasions). It is also possible that the standard of the East Anglian is such that readership is proportionately lower as reflected in the number of comments to each site. As I say I fully expect some neanderthal comments from a few of the Norwich clan but then again what else do they have to comment on this Monday morning following an ignominious defeat by the mighty Luton.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • As usual your comment is complete one sided garbage.Think Noble, Colback, DJ Cambell and Santos.

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    bristan

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • If you want to further your career Thomas, my advice is stay well clear of a club like town that will pull you down without doubt like they have so many previous loaned players!!!

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    ged scott

    Monday, January 28, 2013

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