Portman move for Parkin
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ipswich Town have won the battle to sign Sam Parkin from Swindon Town.Ipswich Town have won the battle to sign Sam Parkin from Swindon Town.
A clutch of clubs had been hoping to lure the Scotland hopeful from The Robins but Ipswich were the only side to strike a deal with Swindon.
The League One outfit have been fielding interest in the striker since the end of the season and rejected two offers from Watford.
Crewe Alexandra, Coventry City, Brighton and Norwich City were also keen on the 24-year-old but he has completed a move to Portman Road for an undisclosed fee.
Parkin has penned a four-year contract with Ipswich and Town boss Joe Royle was buoyed to capture the former Chelsea trainee.
"Sam has real talent, he can win a header but more than anything he can control the ball and keep the ball," Royle told the club's official website.
"He has a fantastic goalscoring record and has earned the right to step up to this division."
Parkin becomes Ipswich's second signing in the space of 24 hours after they completed a move for Reading forward Nicky Forster on Wednesday.
With Shefki Kuqi and Darren Bent leaving the club, Royle had been keen to inject fresh firepower into his squad, with chairman David Sheepshanks feeling the transfer is a signal of Town's ambition.
"I view the signing of Sam Parkin as a real coup for the club," said Sheepshanks. "It is a measure of the esteem in which both Joe Royle and indeed Ipswich Town are held.
"In recruiting Sam for a substantial fee we have stated our intention to be a very competitive force again next season, with a new talisman to lead the line."