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Ipswich have told Kevin Horlock that his contract will not be renewed when it expires in the summer.

Town boss Joe Royle says he will allow the former Manchester City midfielder to move on now if he receives another offer during the transfer window.

"At the moment there are no plans to offer Kevin a new contract," Royle told the club's official website.

"I've spoken to him and said that we are well covered in the midfield department now and that if a club shows an interest in him, we won't stand in his way.

"Making him available now just means he has more chance of getting fixed up with a new club now before the summer when there will be a whole number of players looking for jobs."

The 33-year-old Northern Ireland international moved to Portman Road from West Ham in the summer of 2004, signing a two-year deal.

Meanwhile, Ipswich hope to complete a deal to sign Cardiff striker Alan Lee later on Tuesday.

The two clubs have settled on a fee and the 27-year-old, who has already agreed personal terms, has arrived at Portman Road to undergo a medical.

"We've been after bringing in a striker for a while and Alan will provide us with a physical presence that we need," Royle said.

Town have also decided to release three of its youngsters at the end of the season in Aidan Collins, Liam Craig and Cathal Lordan.