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Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane nears transfer breakthrough

Roy Keane
Keane has been frustrated by the lack of movement at Portman Road

Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane says he is close to adding more names to his squad after making just one signing so far this summer.

Keane has only signed midfielder Conor Hourihane since Town finished last season's Championship campaign in 15th.

But the Town boss told the club's website: "We've had one offer accepted for a player.

"I've got to try and finalise things with that. We are close on that deal and one that will be a year-long loan."

Keane has been linked with numerous players this summer, most notably Cardiff defender Gabor Gyepes and Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop, with Black Cats boss Steve Bruce confirming he had received an approach for the 27-year-old Hungarian.


But so far former Sunderland midfielder Hourihane has been the only player to head to Suffolk, after the 19-year-old signed a one-year deal on Saturday.

"There could be movement with another player coming in as well so I'll be talking to two or three players over the next few days," Keane added.

"The players concerned include two I had in mind at the end of last season.

"Until the players are here and signed though there is nothing to get excited about."

Meanwhile transfer-listed midfielder Owen Garvan could be set to leave Portman Road, after the Irishman was strongly linked to George Burley's Crystal Palace.

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Friday's gossip column
23 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Ipswich sign midfielder Hourihane
17 Jul 10 |  Ipswich
O'Connor signs new Ipswich deal
02 Jul 10 |  Ipswich
Keane eyes new Ipswich frontman
17 May 10 |  Ipswich
Palace swoop for defender Wright
30 Jun 10 |  Crystal Palace

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