Sheepshanks - Duo not for sale
Ipswich chairman says club are under no pressure to sell
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: January 7, 2008 1:52pm
Sheepshanks: Money available
Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks has dismissed speculation that Jon Walters and Danny Haynes are about to be sold.
Striker Walters has been linked with Newcastle and Wigan and that speculation has continued to grow since his omission from the club's squad for their FA Cup tie with Portsmouth on Saturday.
Midfielder Haynes has attracted the interest of West Ham and Everton, but after only signing a contract extension in October it is unlikely that the club would be willing to let him go.
Sheepshanks did admit that a number of Ipswich's players are currently being looked at, but made it clear that Jim Magilton is under no pressure to sell.
"There is always speculation in January and it's not surprising that there are clubs that admire our players who have been doing so well but we have had no offers for our players," he told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"While you can never say we will never sell any of our players, you don't get promoted by selling your best players.
"We are not looking to sell our best players. On the contrary we are looking to add to improve our squad."
Willing to listen
Whilst being understandably reluctant to part with their better players, Sheepshanks did reveal that the club would be willing to listen to offers for those on the fringes of the squad.
Gary Roberts has been linked with a move to Leeds or Swansea, but as yet neither side have made a bid for the midfielder. Defender Dan Harding is another player who may be allowed to leave if the right offer comes along.
"We would entertain offers for players who are not involved with the squad on a regular basis," the chairman admitted.
Anxious to invest
Finally, Sheepshanks has confirmed that whilst money will be made available to Magilton during the transfer window the club may have to be patient in their efforts to improve the squad.
"We have funds available and we are anxious to invest in the right players," he said.
"We would like to get a deal done but we are not in a desperate hurry.
"We will wait until next week, or even the one after that if it means securing the right calibre of player for Jim's team."
The club have also revealed that they will be appealing against the red card picked up by Liam Trotter during Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Porstmouth. The club feel that the decision was harsh on the midfielder and will attempt to get his three-game ban overturned.