Fuller set for Ip-switch
By Ben Warburton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southampton striker Ricardo Fuller is set for a loan move to Ipswich Town.
Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle is hoping to confirm the loan signing of Ricardo Fuller, after the injury-prone striker rejected an initial approach from the manager last month.
The 26-year-old Southampton striker is expected at Portman Road on Friday morning to complete terms on a one-month loan deal.
The Tractor Boys have suffered a plethora of injuries up front this season, with Alan Lee being the latest casualty with a slight hamstring tear.
Royle is now desperate to complete a deal for the former Portsmouth forward, and is convinced that the burly front man will have had a change of heart.
"I didn't give up and hopefully it has paid off," said Royle.
"There are one or two slight complications to sort out but our chairman has agreed things with his Southampton counterpart, Rupert Lowe, and the player's agent.
"Ricardo didn't want to go out on loan last month but he hasn't been playing, and I just reminded him that he should be playing.
"With Alan Lee ruled out for the next few games, it would be a real boost to get Ricardo in.
"He can do a good job for us as we look to close the gap on teams above us, and make it into the play-offs for the third year in a row."
The Jamaica international made a name for himself at Preston, scoring 19 goals in his last season with the club, but he has since struggled for form at Portsmouth and Southampton with a number of knee injuries.