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Ipswich close on Cardiff City defender Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy played 36 league and cup games for Cardiff last season
Mark Kennedy played 36 league and cup games for Cardiff last season

Cardiff City defender Mark Kennedy is poised to sign for Championship rivals Ipswich Town.

The 34-year-old is understood to be at Portman Road this weekend undergoing a medical, with a view to a transfer thought to be worth close to £75,000.

Kennedy, who won 34 Republic of Ireland caps, is primarily a left-back but can also operate at the heart of defence.

"He was offered a two-year contract at Ipswich, I was offered money [transfer fee]," Cardiff boss Dave Jones said.

"I sat down with him, we've only offered him a year... he's 34, is he going to play all the games, is it down to me to find others, yes.

"It's good business for us and it's been good business for him."

Any fee for Kennedy is likely to go towards paying off the outstanding sum owed to Motherwell for Paul Quinn.

This week the Scottish club claimed that they were still owed the balance - thought to be around £100,000 - from the Scotland Under-21 defender's move to south Wales in July 2009.

Motherwell had expected the outstanding monies to have been paid by last January, a situation that Cardiff City chief executive Gethin Jenkins said they were "working to resolve... as soon as possible".

Cardiff face a winding-up order at the High Court on 11 August over an unpaid PAYE tax bill owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which stands at £1.3m.


The club released a statement earlier this month saying they had paid off one month of the bill but did not indicate whether the winding up order is still in place.

Cardiff also remain under a transfer embargo as the club has yet to lodge year-end accounts for May 2009.

That situation saw star striker Michael Chopra this week threaten to quit the Bluebirds if they do not start to strengthen the squad before the start of the season.

Former Newcastle and Sunderland frontman Chopra has also been linked with a move to Ipswich, as has another Cardiff defender, Gabor Gyepes.

Kennedy will become Ipswich manager Roy Keane's second signing of the summer, following midfielder Conor Hourihane into Portman Road.

If the paperwork goes through in time, Kennedy could make his debut in friendly matches next week at either Leiston on Tuesday or Bury Town on Wednesday.

Kennedy is likely to battle it out for the Ipswich left-back position with Shane O'Connor.

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Keane nears transfer breakthrough
23 Jul 10 |  Ipswich
Chopra issues Cardiff quit threat
23 Jul 10 |  Cardiff
Motherwell demand Cardiff money
22 Jul 10 |  Cardiff
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