Keane hopes to keep duo

Ipswich boss plans talks regarding deals for Colback and Murphy

Colback: Impressed on loan

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Roy Keane has confirmed he is keen to bring Sunderland duo Jack Colback and Daryl Murphy back to Ipswich Town next season.

Young midfielder Colback has impressed during the campaign on loan at Portman Road, while striker Murphy has scored six goals since joining Town before the close of the January transfer window.

Ipswich boss Keane hopes to agree another loan deal for Colback next season and will explore the possibility of signing Murphy on a permanent basis in the summer after an initial chat with his Black Cats counterpart Steve Bruce.

However, the prospects of fellow on-loan Sunderland forward David Healy earning a deal at Ipswich appear slim due to his time at the club being hampered by injury.

Lots to consider

"We will see what happens," said Keane in The Journal. "I had a chat with Brucie on Saturday morning about them.

"We will have a look at it over the next few weeks and I know he will be very keen to get his lads back, Murphy and Colback have done very, very well.

"We will not be able to do anything with Jack I don't think because he is such a promising player, but I'll talk to Steve.

"A lot of this stuff won't be done until later in the summer, I don't think - Brucie will probably want to take them back to take a look at them.

"We had David Healy as well, he picked up an injury and that obviously did not help him. All of those players will have good options in the summer. Murphs has scored six goals for us in the short time he has been here and that will create awareness from other clubs.

"Murphs has done quite well for us, but there are lots of things to consider in the summer - can we agree fees for them, do players want to come and the rest. Then there is the wages to look at as well. So there is a long way to go."