Jewell doubts striker bids

Sharp out of price range & Maynard wanted in the Premier League

Billy Sharp: Doncaster striker was wanted by Ipswich in the summer but £3m fee is out of reach

Nicky Maynard: Bristol City striker is expected to attract interest from the Premier League

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Paul Jewell doubts Ipswich Town will make a renewed bid for Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp and feels the club are also unable to compete for Bristol City forward Nicky Maynard.

Ipswich are tipped to try to improve their attacking options in the New Year after seeing a bid for Sharp rejected back in the summer.

Doncaster have confirmed Sharp can leave the Keepmoat Stadium for £3million in January, but Jewell admits that figure is out of Town's reach.

"We went for Billy in the summer, but I think at that price he's definitely out of our price range," said Jewell.

Rare

"I might be wrong, but I don't think there are too many Championship clubs that are going to pay £3million for a player at this moment in time.

"I know West Ham paid a lot for Kevin Nolan in the summer, but it's pretty rare you get such big fees in the Championship."

Jewell is also a fan of Maynard, who has been put up for sale by Bristol City, but he believes Premier League clubs will be interested in the former Crewe Alexandra youngster.

The Ipswich boss added: "Maynard is a striker that is proven at this level, but he might be one like Shane Long where a lot of Premier League clubs are interested.

"Let's be honest, when you're up against Premiership teams for a player it's difficult to compete because of the money."