Royle hope for Premiership defender
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Portman Road manager, who has already brought in Canadian international Jason de Vos from Wigan Athletic this summer to strengthen his rearguard, is keen to boost his backline with a top-flight player.
"If all goes well, we will be bringing in a defender on loan from a Premiership club for the season," Royle told the club's official website.
"I would also like another front player here and I am confident of signing a player on loan for that role, possibly next week."
With Royle targeting a striker as well, Town are thought to have handed a trial to Guingamp hit-man Nicolas Gousse.
The 28-year-old Frenchman has played for Metz and Troyes before signing a three-year contract with Guingamp last summer.
Gousse could appear in Wednesday's testimonial match for Dale Roberts against Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, Royle has added that no offers have come in for Spanish hit-man Pablo Counago.
Town admitted that their precarious financial situation would force them to entertain offers for Counago and former striker Marcus Bent - with Bent eventually joining Everton for £400,000 in late June.
Despite Counago costing the club plenty in terms of wages, Royle is happy to keep the marksman on for the new season.
"We have had no offers for Pablo at the moment and on his best form, I would be sorry to lose him," added Royle.