Jewell wants to keep defender

Offers not encouraged for highly-rated starlet

Aaron Cresswell: Town defender not for sale according to Jewell

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Paul Jewell has vowed to hang on to defender Aaron Cresswell despite reports linking him with a move away from Portman Road.

The 22-year-old established himself as a regular in his first season with Ipswich Town and became a fans' favourite after scoring a late winner against neighbours Peterborough in March.

Aston Villa are said to one of a host of clubs interested in signing the exciting young full-back and although Jewell admits he will listen to any offers, he will not let him go on the cheap.

"The situation is that we want to keep him," said Jewell. "We do not want to sell our best players.

"We do not want to sell Cressy. We bought him, we developed him and I have told him that if we get an offer that we have to consider, then we will consider it. But we do not encourage any offers."

Jewell has been busy in the transfer market this summer with the arrival of Luke Chambers from Nottingham Forest and Scott Loach from Watford.

But the Ipswich boss played down reports that former England striker Emile Heskey would be joining them at the club.

"Whether it is Emile Heskey or whether it is someone else - until there is anything definite they will always remain private," he added.