It’s being reported this evening that Ipswich Town are returning with their third, and possibly final offer, for Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra, a bid exceeding £4M which may reluctantly force Dave Jones’ hand to sell the player.
Chops had a hit and miss season with The Bluebirds after his £4M capture from Premiership Sunderland but is a fans firm favourite and still managed 21 goals in 2009/10 despite two barren spells.
Ipswich boss Roy Keane, his manager at Sunderland, sees Chops as the perfect foil for their prospect 17 year old striker Connor Wickham and help Ipswich put in a promotion bid. Having declined a second bid of £3.75M last week, it is claimed Dave Jones will sell and turn to Swindon Town’s Charlie Austin as a replacement.
Austin had a sensational season for the League One side scoring 19 in 29 starts after arriving from non-league Poole Town.
Cardiff fans will be disappointed and hope it doesn’t happen but is it a sign of more prudence and business sense in the running of the club?