Blues Linked With Stearman Swoop
Reports claim that Ipswich Town could be ready to move for Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Richard Stearman.
A former England U21 international, Stearman began his professional career alongside Gareth McAuley at Leicester City, where he made 116 league appearances and won the Player of the Year Award in the Foxes' relegation season of 2007/08. The 23-year-old, who can play at either centre-back or right-back, subsequently moved to Wolves where he has since made 47 Premier League appearances following their promotion in 2008/09.
However, the return to fitness of veteran Jody Craddock and the arrival of ex-Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson looks set to push Stearman down the defensive pecking order at Molineux. Reports now claim that Ipswich have made an enquiry for the 6ft 3in defender, who is said to be rated at around £1 million.
Certainly the rearguard is the main concern of Town fans according to last week's site poll, and defensive reinforcements are undoubtedly the priority for Paul Jewell at this stage, with the Blues boss confirming that he has recently been on the lookout for new additions to his backline. Cover will be needed at centre-back - where Ivar Ingimarsson, Damien Delaney and Tommy Smith are the only senior players - whilst further options at right-back would be useful, with the likes of Carlos Edwards and Jaime Peters having been used to fill this position over the past year.
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