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Leadbitter holds Town talks

PUBLISHED: 11:37 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 06 July 2010

SUNDERLAND midfielder Grant Leadbitter will hold talks over a move to Ipswich Town today.

Leadbitter's representative, Matthew Buck of the PFA, last night confirmed that he was heading for Portman Road with the 23-year-old to discuss terms after the two clubs had agreed a fee.

SUNDERLAND midfielder Grant Leadbitter will hold talks over a move to Ipswich Town today.

Leadbitter's representative, Matthew Buck of the PFA, last night confirmed that he was heading for Portman Road with the 23-year-old to discuss terms after the two clubs had agreed a fee.

“A fee has been agreed between Sunderland and Ipswich for Grant and we have been given permission to open talks with Ipswich,” said Buck. “We are heading down for talks now and we will see what happens.”

Leadbitter came through the ranks at Sunderland and made his debut for the Black Cats in 2003. However, it was current Town boss Roy Keane who really launched him as a key player at the Stadium of Light, Leadbitter playing in 82 of the Irishman's 100 games in charge at the club.

The summer arrivals of Lee Cattermole and Lorik Cana at the north east club have pushed Leadbitter down the midfield pecking order under new boss Steve Bruce though who has reluctantly accepted a bid.

Leadbitter - who was capped three times by the England Under-21s - played for the whole of Sunderland's 4-1 Carling Cup victory over Norwich on Tuesday night, but his only other competitive action this season has been limited to a half hour substitute's appearance against Chelsea.

Town boss Keane - who saw his side dumped out of the Carling Cup by Peterborough on Tuesday night after picking up just one point from their opening three Championship matches - has admitted in recent weeks that he wants to strengthen his squad before the transfer window shuts early next week.

He has already missed out on Sunderland players Daryl Murphy and Dean Whitehead this summer due to a mixture of their Premier League ambitions and wage demands and will be hoping, as he put it himself earlier this week, that he can 'sell the dream' to future targets.

Leadbitter hit the news earlier this month when he pleaded guilty to speeding away from a police car, but told the Magistrates' Court that he had thought the car was full of Newcastle fans.


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