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Liam Trotter likely to reject Town deal

PUBLISHED: 09:35 19 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:15 06 July 2010

LIAM Trotter is set to reject Ipswich Town's contract offer and look to join Championship rivals Scunthorpe United instead.

The midfielder's current deal with the Blues expires a week next Tuesday but it is understood he has not been impressed with the new offer he has been given by Town and will look to move on.

LIAM Trotter is set to reject Ipswich Town's contract offer and look to join Championship rivals Scunthorpe United instead.

The midfielder's current deal with the Blues expires a week next Tuesday but it is understood he has not been impressed with the new offer he has been given by Town and will look to move on.

Trotter feels he has more chance of playing regular first team football with the Iron rather than with Roy Keane's Ipswich with new players, including at least one more midfielder expected to be signed next month.

Keane has been linked with a loan move for 18-year-old Sunderland midfielder Conor Hourihane, a Republic of Ireland Under-19 international who also hails from Cork, as well as a host of other Black Cats senior players including the departing Dean Whitehead.

While Whitehead's experience may be something Town want it is unlikely that Hourihane would fit the bill as he has not even made a first team start for Sunderland and would not be guaranteed a game at Town.

Trotter impressed while on loan at Glanford Park as he helped Nigel Adkins' side win promotion to the Championship.

His three-month spell culminated with a Wembley appearance for Trotter and Trotter admitted he had settled in well at Scunthorpe and felt an important part of the squad.

Adkins offered him a contract before the duo went on holiday and talks with his representative are understood to have been held more recently.

The sticking point for Scunthorpe is they would have to pay some sort of compensation for Trotter as he is under 24, developed by the Town academy and offered a new deal.

If terms can not be agreed between the two clubs then the valuation would be set by a tribunal which both clubs would have to abide by.

It is understood that keeper Shane Supple will accept the offer made to him by Ipswich and will stay at Portman Road even though he knows he will remain an understudy to Richard Wright, or any other keeper Keane may bring in.

Ed Upson has already accepted the new offer made to him and the FA Youth Cup winner has another year to prove his worth in midfield.

Meanwhile, reports in Chile claim Town have stepped up their interest in Under-21 international Eduardo Vargas.

Town coach Bryan Klug and then international scout Simon Hunt, had once again watched the Cobreloa striker at the Toulon Tournament.

Vargas, full name Jesus Eduardo Vargas Ramos, was also spotted by Town's Malcolm Moore and Sammy Morgan during the Milk Cup tournament in Ireland a couple of years ago.

But it could be problems getting a permit for the 19-year-old will scupper any move.

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