Ipswich look elsewhere after Ryan’s firm rebuff

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has admitted his disappointment at missing out on Doncaster Rovers duo Billy Sharp and James Coppinger.

Jewell has made no secret of his desire to sign a proven goalscorer for next season with promotion very much in the Tractor Boys’ minds.

And he says not being able to convince Rovers to part with the pair for around £2.6 million has left him exploring other avenues.

He told the club’s official website: “We made what we felt was a fair offer for the two players. Doncaster turned it down. That’s their prerogative.

“We feel their qualities will add something to the squad we have here but they are just two of a number of transfer targets we have. We’re talking to other clubs and we will see what happens from there.”

While Ipswich haven’t officially ended their chase for Sharp and Coppinger it seems likely that the positive statement released by chairman John Ryan will make the Suffolk club reassess how much it would cost to tempt Rovers.

Ryan will be keeping an eye on whether Jewell does pick up a striker soon or if the ambitious Ipswich do return with a much improved offer.

The original bid was dismissed out of hand so it would be a bumper pay-day at the Keepmoat if Jewell persisted with his interest.

Watford Player of the Season Danny Graham could be one to catch Jewell’s eye. However, Graham has Premier League aspirations and is known to be admired by Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Swans are just one match away from the top-flight after reaching the Championship Play-off final at Wembley where they will play Reading.

Meanwhile Northampton Town have signed former Rovers defender Byron Webster on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old was released by the club this week and immediately joins up with the Cobblers where he made eight appearances towards the end of the season on loan.

n Danny Wilson today admitted he is ready to return to management as Sheffield United continue their search for a new boss.

The 51-year-old, who resigned as Swindon Town boss in March, is believed to be in the frame for the vacant post at Bramall Lane. United are seeking their fifth manager in the space of 10 months.

n Wilson favourite: p47