Ipswich keen on Mpenza

Striker set to be released by City

Mpenza: Out of contract

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Ipswich Town are planning a summer swoop for Manchester City striker Emile Mpenza, according to the player's agent.

The Belgian international will be out of contract at Eastlands over the summer and is on the lookout for a new club.

He only joined City on a short-term contract in February 2007, but having found goals hard to come by in the Premier League he no longer features in the club's future plans.

He has a decent pedigree having been a regular scorer at Standard Liege and Schalke, but having made a high-profile switch to Hamburg in 2004 he has struggled to rediscover his touch in front of goal.

At 29-years-old he still has plenty of football left in him, and his agent Rachid Tajhout admits that he has already held discussions with the Tractor Boys over a potential move to Portman Road.

"We have had good discussions with Ipswich and hope to receive an offer in the next week or so," Tajhout told Radio Suffolk.

Ipswich first enquired about Mpenza's availability in March when a loan move was touted but a deal never materialised as the striker felt that he was not fully fit.