Magilton eyes defensive duo

But Bruce could leave in transfer window

Magilton: Looking for defensive reinforcements

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Ipswich Town boss Jim Magilton has confirmed he is weighing up moves for Graham Gartland and Darren O'Dea.

Gartland is a free agent after leaving Drogheda United and has been training with Ipswich this week in a bid to win a move to Portman Road.

Magilton is keen to explore his defence with a number of players coming to the end of their contracts at the Championship side.

Gartland has impressed Magilton during his training stint, but he admits he does not want to block the progress of current incumbent Pim Balkestein by bringing in a new full-back.

"I would like to offer Graham something, but I don't want to stand in the way of Pim Balkestein," Magilton told the Ipswich Evening Star. "Gartland is someone I really like for all the qualities he would bring to the football club.

"He is hungry and is a very good player. Graham is someone who always wants to improve his game and would be a valuable asset to this club. He brings a tenacity and aggression that will add to the squad."


Magilton is also a big admirer of Celtic defender O'Dea, who is well down the pecking order in Gordon Strachan's plans.

"Darren is a really good player and someone I like," added Magilton.

"He is in Celtic's reserves at the moment but has a wealth of experience and could improve our squad. But I have to weigh all these things up against what we have at the moment."

Magilton also admitted he would be willing to sell Alex Bruce in January with the player coming to the end of his contract in the summer.

"If we get any interest in Alex next month we will think about it," concluded Magilton."