Yeovil Town are being listed as one of a number of Football League clubs that have enquired about Ipswich Town players during pre-season. The four players listed are Dean Bowditch, Jaime Peters, Jordan Rhodes and Tommy Smith.
Other clubs connected with the quartet are Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers according to the Bucks Free Press (who in turn claim they got their information from Norfolk paper the Eastern Daily Press, which tends to cover Ipswich's rivals Norwich City rather than the Tractor Boys).
The paper doesn't attempt to break down which clubs are interested in which players, although it is more likely that each club is only interested in a subset of the four, rather than all three clubs being after all four players, which would be coincidental beyond belief. However, it is probably safe to assume that Glovers boss Russell Slade is still keeping a close eye on winger/forward Jaime Peters, who had a productive loan spell at Huish Park last season. Whether any of the other three players hold an interest is another matter entirely.
Of the others, Bowditch is a 22 year old striker who has had a succession of loan spells around our level at Brighton and Hove Albion, Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers, which may suggest that the interest in him comes from the latter two clubs.
Jordan Rhodes is an 18 year old striker who came off the bench for Ipswich on Saturday, and had a loan spell with Oxford United last season. Meanwhile Tommy Smith is another 18 year old who plays in defence and had a lengthy loan spell with Stevenage Borough last season, under Wycombe manager Peter Taylor. Like Rhodes he was also introduced as a substitute for Ipswich last Saturday.
Of Peters in particular, the best he has managed so far this season is to appear as an unused substitute in Ipswich's midweek Carling Cup match, and so in his case specifically, there would be little doubt that he would be offered up for loan if he did not break into the Ipswich first team.
Regardless of how many or how few of the quartet are relevant to Slade and Yeovil, his current budget restrictions would make it clear that he is unlikely to be able to afford all of the players listed. Today's loss of midfield target Sam Togwell shows just how hard his recruitment drive is likely to be.
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