Magpies reject Town approach

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IPSWICH TOWN have been rebuffed in their attempts to take Darren Ambrose back to the club on loan from Newcastle United.

The Suffolk outfit sold Ambrose to the North East giants last season for just £1 million.

However, Ambrose is still only a peripheral member of the Magpies squad and Town had hoped to get him back on a temporary basis.

Town chairman David Sheepshanks confirmed that moves were made to try and get Ambrose back to Portman Road, albeit unsuccessfully.

"We have spoken to Newcastle about Darren Ambrose and the prospect of having him back here on loan," said Sheepshanks.

"Newcastle have their worries about his fitness levels at the moment, with Darren being injured previously so for the immediate term, they want him to stay at St James' Park.

"But in the medium term, there is a possibility something could be sorted out."

Sheepshanks revealed his annoyance at having to let Ambrose go in the first place, but he claims that Town - who were in administration at the time - had no other option but to sell.

"I accept that it was an appalling fee for Darren and we clearly did not want him to leave the club," he said.

"It was one of the worst days of my life when that deal was done but we had to sell him.

"We were forced too, there was no alternative and the money we received from Newcastle for Darren actually saved Ipswich Town."