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Keane wants the desire first

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:46 06 July 2010

ROY Keane says he needs to be sure that his transfer targets have the desire to play for Ipswich.

The Town boss was given permission to speak to Sunderland duo Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards on Thursday but has admitted that negotiations are proving difficult.

ROY Keane says he needs to be sure that his transfer targets have the desire to play for Ipswich.

The Town boss was given permission to speak to Sunderland duo Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards on Thursday but has admitted that negotiations are proving difficult.

“The deals still have a long way to go yet,” said Keane, whose side host Preston today. “They're still far from done - we'll wait and see how it goes over the weekend. We're trying everything we can to try and sign these players but these deals can be hard work.

“That can be for a number of factors. When you're trying to bring players down from the Premier League they can be on very, very good money so there has got to be that desire from the player to want to play football.

“The length of contract, medical, there is so much involved in these deals, but forgetting all that the bottom line is do these players want to come and play for Ipswich?”

“I'm always confident when I meet players that I can sell them the dream and while it probably doesn't seem like a dream at the moment hopefully they can see the bigger picture.”

Keane added: “The reason I am going for players is because we are short. We've lost David Norris to injury this year and we have also missed Gio (Giovanni Dos Santos). Although we knew he was going I did think, 'you never know we might be able to get a deal done'.

“I'm looking for players with a bit more experience shall we say. As much as I'm happy to play young players with a bit of potential I think we need a few players that know this league.”

Out-of-form Ipswich, who have taken just one point from their opening four Championship matches, host a Preston side that have made an unbeaten start to the season today.

For the visitors, Macedonian midfielder Veliche Shumulikoski will return to Portman Road for the first time since he left Ipswich in a £400,000 switch, while Town's new Hungarian striker Tamas Priskin will be up against the club he scored twice for in four loan starts last season.

Keane will hand late fitness tests to Lee Martin and Jack Colback, both for groin injuries, while Jaime Peters is not yet back in contention following his ankle injury sustained against Leicester. David Norris, Luciano Civelli and Ben Thatcher are still long-term absentees.

Preston will be without centre midfielder Barry Nicholson, who broke his leg against Peterborough, while French defender Youl Mawene (hamstring) isn't likely to return for another couple of weeks.


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