Lee spurns Ipswich offer
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ipswich striker Alan Lee has turned down an improved contract offer from the club.Ipswich Town striker Alan Lee has turned down an improved contract offer from the club.
Lee is a target for Hull City, who have had a £600,000 bid rejected by The Tractor Boys, and manager Phil Brown is likely to step up his bid to sign the Irishman after failing to land Christian Nade.
Hull are believed to be offering Lee a sizeable improvement on his current deal at Portman Road, which has one year to run.
However, Ipswich are prepared to hand the front-man, who scored 16 goals last season, a contract which will make him the highest paid player at the club, although Lee has so far spurned their advances.
Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks says negotiations will continue with the aim to eventually tie down Lee to a new long-term deal.
"We have spoken about a new contract with Alan," Sheepshanks told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"I don't know that it meets with his valuation at the moment but it is an improved, extended contract that would make him the highest paid player at the club.
"We will have to see how this plays out."