Friend wanted by Ipswich

George Friend is in talks with Middlesbrough.
George Friend is in talks with Middlesbrough.
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IPSWICH Town have entered the race to sign George Friend.

The Tractor Boys reportedly made their move for the 24-year-old on Wednesday afternoon, according to sources in East Anglia.

Middlesbrough agreed a fee for Friend - thought to be in the region of £250,000 - last week and the player held talks on Teesside on Saturday.

But Friend is keeping his options open and may prefer a move closer to his Devon roots.

The former Exeter and Wolves defender sees a switch to Boro as a great opportunity to move to a club with a realistic chance of reaching the Premier League.

But Ipswich also tick that box - while Friend could also be holding out for former boss Sean O’Driscoll to make a move for him after he became the new Nottingham Forest manager last week.

Dean Saunders sparked a bidding war of sorts for Friend on Saturday when he revealed he expected more clubs to match Boro’s bid.