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Klug on French mission

PUBLISHED: 09:22 08 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 July 2010

BLUES coach Bryan Klug is running the rule of some of the world's best young talent at the Toulon Tournament in France.

While Ipswich were linked with 32-year-old right back Lauren over the weekend, they remain on the look out for up and coming talent from abroad.

BLUES coach Bryan Klug is running the rule of some of the world's best young talent at the Toulon Tournament in France.

While Ipswich were linked with 32-year-old right back Lauren over the weekend, they remain on the look out for up and coming talent from abroad.

The former Arsenal defender is out of contract at Portsmouth and has yet to be offered a new deal and his future at Fratton Park could defend on what happens with his rival Glenn Johnson who is tipped for a big money return to Chelsea.

Klug, along with international scout Simon Hunt, is at the Under 20's competition casting an eye over players from Holland, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Qatar, the UAE and Egypt, as well as the host nation.

It is believed Liverpool striker David Ngog is under particular scrutiny as Town consider making a loan move for the 20-year-old Frenchman when the season starts.

Caen forward Sambou Yatabare, who has also played international football for Mali, is a French a player attracting interest, along with young Parisien Younesse Sankhare, the Paris Saint Germain midfielder who has been on loan at Reims.

Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas has earned rave reviews already at the tournament while Argentine striker Ever Banega, on loan at Atletico Madrid from Valencia, is another who has caught the eye.

The prestigious tournament started last Wednesday and ends on Friday, when Hunt and Klug will present their findings to Roy Keane.

The Blues boss has again been linked with a £2m move for Leicester City's Joe Mattock, Damien Delaney at QPR remains a possibility, while Paul McShane at Sunderland is understood to be his top target.

Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Edwards and Irish striker Daryl Murphy, from former club Sunderland, are known to be on his hit list while another big name target could be revealed this week.

His attempts to land attacking midfielder Lee Martin from Manchester United for around £1m could be thwarted by Birmingham City, with Bristol City also in the hunt.

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