Sharp admirer Jewell given cash boost

I'LL BE IN TOUCH: Ipswich boss Paul Jewell (left, with Dean Saunders) has been given the go ahead to launch a January bid for Rovers striker Billy Sharp.
I'LL BE IN TOUCH: Ipswich boss Paul Jewell (left, with Dean Saunders) has been given the go ahead to launch a January bid for Rovers striker Billy Sharp.
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IPSWICH Town boss Paul Jewell has been given the green light to launch a January bid for Billy Sharp.

Town’s boss has today been promised funds to strengthen his squad in January, after the Tractor Boys announced pre-tax profits of £136,000 for the 12 months to June.

Jewell has made no secret of his admiration for Sharp - who scored in Rovers’ 3-2 win at Portman Road - and now looks certain to lodge a fresh £3m bid for the hitman when the transfer window re-opens.

Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg said: “The position of the club and the support of the owner remains ongoing.

“If Paul needs to bring in additional players and can convince the owner he has identified the players at the right price, then support will be there.”

Jewell failed with a £2.3m bid for Sharp in the summer, while a £300,000 move for James Coppinger was also turned down by Doncaster.

Jewell recently said: “Doncaster will have to accept an offer because Billy Sharp has a clause in his contract.

“If a club meets that valuation they have to give him permission to speak.

“We’d like to have him here. There’s no hiding from the fact that we tried to get him in the summer because he’s a quality Championship player.

“He might even be Premier League standard.

He added: “There’s obviously been some interest from Southampton, who look as though they’re going to be in the Premiership next season, so we’re going to be battling with that.

“But I know Billy was interested in coming here in the summer so we’ll see what happens.”

Ipswich reported a £14m loss in 2010 and a £10m deficit in 2009, but they made almost £11m through the summer sales of Jon Walters and Connor Wickham.