Not for sale: Ipswich bid for Sharp and Copps ‘unrealistic’, says O’Driscoll

James Coppinger receives his Player's Player of the Year award from manager Sean O'Driscoll. Picture: Andrew Roe
James Coppinger receives his Player's Player of the Year award from manager Sean O'Driscoll. Picture: Andrew Roe
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SEAN O’Driscoll says he is under no pressure to sell players before adding to his squad this summer - but is expecting further bids for in-demand duo Billy Sharp and James Coppinger.

Ipswich Town offered £2.3million for Sharp and £300,000 for Coppinger last week, bids that were dismissed out-of-hand by Rovers chairman John Ryan.

But O’Driscoll told the Free Press this week that the club could still face a battle to hang on to the pair.

O’Driscoll said: “We don’t want to lose our best players.

“We know how important it is to have a goalscorer in this division - and we saw just how important Billy is to us when we were without him for the last 12 games and didn’t win once.

“Every player has their price but the bid was way short of Billy’s valuation.

“Copps is a slightly different case because of his age.

“But the bid has got to be realistic and it wasn’t a realistic bid for someone of James’ quality.”

*For the full story see this week’s Free Press.