Town bracing themselves for bids
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marcus Bent is being tipped as the most likely to depart ahead of the transfer deadline at the end of this month.
Ipswich's current financial plight, which saw them call in the administrators earlier this season, means that they can sell out-field players to Premiership clubs despite the fact their deadline passed in January.
A host of clubs watched Bent score against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, with Fulham said to be showing particular interest.
However, there are a number of Town's promotion chasing squad being looked at, with Charlton and Portsmouth reportedly keeping tabs on the impressive Herman Hreidarsson.
Newcastle have already failed with bids for Town starlets Darren Ambrose, Darren Bent and Matt Bloomfield and Sir Bobby Robson could yet mount another bid.
Potential bidders actually have to go through Ipswich's administrators Deloitte & Touche, although the First Division outfit still have the overall say on who leaves Portman Road.
Town, though, need to clear debts including the one they owe Blackburn for the remaining money owed for Bent.
Ipswich are working on a plan to pay their major creditors and administrator Nick Dargan revealed talks are going well.
"We have been working closely with the club's management to develop business plans that can be delivered on either promotion to the Premier League or the club remaining in Division One," said Dargan, who warned action may need to be taken if promotion is not won.
"Obviously, the actions required are markedly different depending upon which scenario becomes reality," he continued.
"Our aim is to achieve a better return for creditors via a company voluntary arrangement.
"The alternative would be a sale of the business and assets which, in most other football club administrations, has resulted in no return whatsoever for the ordinary trade creditor.
"However, to achieve this aim, we require the support of the major secured creditors and the approval of Crown creditors."