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Roy still eyeing four new signings

PUBLISHED: 09:40 31 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:47 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town's clout in the transfer market will be severely tested over the next 48 hours.

Straight-talking Town boss, Roy Keane, has revealed a target total of new signings that he would like to bring to the struggling Championship club - it's not one, not two, not even three, but four new players!

However, Keane is not holding his breath, because none of these deals are as yet close to happening.

IPSWICH Town's clout in the transfer market will be severely tested over the next 48 hours.

Straight-talking Town boss, Roy Keane, has revealed a target total of new signings that he would like to bring to the struggling Championship club - it's not one, not two, not even three, but four new players!

However, Keane is not holding his breath, because none of these deals are as yet close to happening. The transfer deadline is tomorrow at 5pm.

“I could not ask for anymore from my players today, but I am desperately trying to add to the squad,” said Keane. The Sunderland duo of Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter remain top of his list.

“Realistically, I'd like to bring in four players before the deadline, but you don't always get what you want in life. There's a long way to go with these deals.

“There's certainly three positions that I would like to improve on, but at the moment it's a big IF. It's maybe even four players, so it's going to be a busy few days.

“I certainly won't be putting my feet up,” added Keane.

The Town boss was not quibbling with the 1-1 score-line against Preston, and he gave a special to his younger players, particularly Sunderland loanee Jack Colback, who impressed in central midfield.

Keane continued: “We huffed and puffed in the second half, but I have no complaints about the result.

“Preston had a good chance to score even before their goal (Jon Parkin one-on-one with Richard Wright). It was just a straight ball over the top, I'm concerned about that.

“If anything, they looked more dangerous than us (when down to 10 men) on the break. You could say that it's frustrating. You could throw that word in the mix, but then there's always things to be frustrated about in football.

“At the moment, we are in no position to just think we can turn up and win matches!

“I learnt a great deal about my players today. I'm not critical of them, but I'm always asking more from myself as a manager. I have never thought for one minute that I have got it cracked, even when I was winning a few matches at Sunderland. I look at myself everyday as a manager.

“We have a lot of good young players, and a lot will improve during the season. Liam Trotter and Jack Colback haven't played that many games. You have to give these lads a chance.

“It takes time, but I know what they are capable of.

“I like Jack (Colback). I have a lot of time for him. He had a poor pre-season with not many games under his belt at Sunderland, but he's getting stronger. He's in the team on merit, he deals with the ball well and he's a good kid.

“Today summed up our attacking play. We're lacking that final ball, the guile and the pace. You look at the Premier League games and it's mostly about taking a first touch and then banging it in, generally speaking.

“The top teams with their top strikers handle this part of the game better,” added Keane.


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