LEE Camp was all set to sign for Ipswich Town before East Anglian rivals Norwich City stepped in.

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After agreeing a settlement over the final few months of his Nottingham Forest contract, the 28-year-old keeper underwent a medical with the Canaries yesterday ahead of a proposed free transfer switch.

The EADT understands that it was only a late offer from the Norfolk club that scuppered a Town switch though, with Camp having been impressed when meeting McCarthy towards the end of last week.

A source close to the Northern Ireland international said: “It was touch and go with regards coming to Ipswich. Mick McCarthy was absolutely brilliant when Lee spoke to him, but in the end Norwich came in and the chance to go to the Premier League was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

Camp – who was told he could move on by new Forest boss Alex McLeish – had worked with Blues goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster as a youngster at Derby County. And we understand he was ready to sign for the Championship club after McCarthy had personally outlined his ambitious plans for the future.

However, having been refused the chance to speak to Swansea last summer after the Welsh club had lodged a £1.5m bid, the custodian has longed to test himself in the Premier League.

Injured England international John Ruddy is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Camp – who played three games on loan for the Canaries in 2006 – may still have to make do with a place on the bench behind Mark Bunn. Chris Hughton’s side are currently seven points above the relegation zone following a return of one points from a possible 18.

Having seen Stephen Henderson’s loan spell from West Ham end recently, McCarthy will now switch his sights to new keeper targets – though a new arrival may now be postponed until the summer.

Scott Loach has performed superbly since regaining his place in the side, conceding just two goals in matches against Aston Villa, Cardiff and Barnsley. And the 24-year-old – a fans’ favourite due to the fact he grew up supporting the club – may now be given the second-half of the season to prove himself as the club’s No.1.

19 comments

  • @michael bracken your comments on the transfer policy at ITFC are correct and shared by many fans. We have now had 3 managers who are loan reliant despite our current one saying he will not follow this policy. It does give rise to thoughts as to whose policy they have and are following. The common denominators are ME & CEO Clegg, probably the former. Your fears are well possible if this trend continues but as I have said in the past ME wants Premiership football on the cheap.

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Nouble perm, mcgoldrick to become perm, camp wovld have been perm it is clear the manager is trying to move towards a more set settled squad and less loan players. this will take time. lets all complain when we don't win the championship this season as well i mean you would expect after a mere six months or so that should happen. PointleSs whingeing about a manager who has been here less than three months. Heres a theory, why don't we try getting behind a manager for at least the first six months of his tenure?

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Michael Bracken & Brian Betts: Whilst I agree that there have been too many loans over the last few years, a number of supporters overlook the fact that with a club of our size and financial position frequently we can't affordpersuade the players on a permanent deal. Sometimes the loans don't work, but would you rather have had DJ Campbell or not? Just because they aren't there long term doesn't mean that they weren't beneficial to the team. For fans to start claiming that MM is going to be loan reliant is a ridiculous statement, far too early into his time as manager, particularly knowing that the January transfer window is far more difficult to operate in than the summer!

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    XYZ123

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • The transfer policy at this club has been absolutely stupid over the last couple of seasons. Relying on loanees is a recipe for disaster. We have now lost DJ campbell, Orr and Henderson. And now we bring in the likes of Nouble and McClean who have done nothing at their previous clubs. This policy could well see Town in Div 1 next season.

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    michael bracken

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Is this more EADT drivel, I find it hard to accept that Camp was prepared to go to on a short term deal, to then only be second fiddle to an England International. If this is true then he was not the man for Portman Road. Surely he would have accepted a three year deal rather than a temporary one.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Surely Lee Camp must realize that he will only be a 'bench sitter' when Ruddy returns and who is to say that he will be playing Premiership football then. He should just look at recent results and the PL table!!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Spot on Brian Betts

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    Shimbo

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • So much for players wanting regular first team football. As a loanee at ITFC he was virtually guaranteed a starting place - whereas at Norwich he is likely to be backup to their OWN keepers !!!!!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Well at least offshore investment fc are now trying to add to the squad as opposed to a continued loan approach. how sad it is that fans can turn on a manager so soon after his appointment when cleary he is instigating a change in policy and a fresh approach

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    rob steroo

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Don't blame him - he will start till Ruddy is fit again, whereas at Ipswich he'd only start if Loach got injured. We're lucky to have Loach and if he gets injured, i'm sure we'll go back in for Henderson or perhaps by that time Camp will be on the bench so we can get him on loan and not have to worry about paying all his wages! Perfecto!

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    Tom Conder

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Is this more EADT drivel, I find it hard to accept that Camp was prepared to go to on a short term deal, to then only be second fiddle to an England International. If this is true then he was not the man for Portman Road. Surely he would have accepted a three year deal rather than a temporary one.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Mmmmm??? Canaries or Town wonder which he would sign for??? Talk about no contest its embarrassing to even wonder. lol

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    ged scott

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • If he is still there next season, we should be able to see how good he is.....................

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    Mike Wyatt

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I think that we must all understand that town are no differentto nearly all the championship teams who rely on loan players. ME is a business man who allows the management an opportunity to manage not like other owners. He does not have bottomless pocket as I am sure some fans think he is trying to ensure that town do not do a pompey who just spent spent spent. Loan players will be the only way that we can get ourselves out of the present state left by an inept manager which ME must take responsibility for but not everything else that fans write on here about.

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    finchk702

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Either way my prediction is that he will be between the posts at Portman Road next year ... at least once .... when the budgies visit!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Oh Barcelona, so it's No Camp then.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Lets face it in this cold weather he should be kept warmer in goal for NCFC what with their current form :)

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    bristan

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • brian betts, it is believed up here in norfolk that Ruddy has a pre contract with Arsenal for a move in the summer, but still looks like hell go with city over us!

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    budgie hater

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Phew! Thank goodness this deal fell through. He was truly shocking at PR recently playing for Forest, lacked confidence and composure. Still he will get plenty of practise of picking the ball of out City's net. Maybe they will field two keepers in the hope of halting their slide?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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