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Blues To Bring In Blackburn's Andrews?

Local press reports claim that Ipswich Town are closing in on a loan deal for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews.

Andrews joined Blackburn after an impressive spell with MK Dons, whom he helped to the League Two title in 2008 having netted 19 league goals in 78 appearances. Having previously been a regular at Blackburn with 65 league appearances in his first two seasons at Ewood Park, the 30-year-old appeared to fall down the pecking order last season having featured in just 5 league matches.

Reports in the East Anglian press this morning suggest that Ipswich manager Paul Jewell is looking to tie up a season-long loan deal for Andrews, who has been capped 20 times by the Republic of Ireland. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder has also been targeted by Leeds and Nottingham Forest, but the Blues could seal his signature in the next 24 hours.

Town have been in need of another midfielder following the departure of loanee Jimmy Bullard at the end of last season. The 32-year-old has reportedly been told to stay away from Hull City following a recent two week suspension, prompting some rumours that the Blues could swoop for him should his contract with the Tigers be terminated or paid off. However, the possible acquisition of Andrews combined with the signing of Lee Bowyer in July seems to suggest that Bullard is no longer part of Jewell's plans.

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Writer: Darren C Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 2 2011

Time: 10:00AM

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Andrews is a much better player than most Rovers fans realise. He was never popular from the start, I can only think that it was due to the smallmindedness of fans. They were expecting a known Premiership player and Ince signed someone they had never heard of from a lower league. He allways put in a lot of effort, if he made a mistake he was booed by the fans, when other players made a similar mistake they shouted 'bad luck Dunny'. He put up with a lot of c**p from the fans and never complained. Ireland realise just how good a player he is. He will be a good aquasition for Ipswich. Good luck to you and Andrews. From an honest Rovers fan.
r.waterfall
Thanks r.waterfall - I remember Andrews in his time at MK and can well understand why Ince backed him so his ability is certainly no secret, but he's probably just too run-of-the-mill for some fans in the top flight. I'd be quite happy to see us get him in and then look for a permanent arrangement, given that I heard Forest were chasing a £2m deal recently.
Darren C
 

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