Magilton hoping to keep Lee
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jim Magilton has confirmed that Ipswich are still in contract negotiations with Alan Lee.Jim Magilton has confirmed that Ipswich are still in negotiations with Alan Lee regarding a new contract.
Hull have been frustrated in their attempts to sign the Republic of Ireland international, who has a year left on his current deal at Portman Road.
Lee recently turned down the offer of a new deal at Ipswich but Magilton has again stressed that he would like to keep the striker.
The Ipswich manager insists there have been no new bids and is confident Lee will not be going anywhere before the start of the Championship season.
"Alan was our top goalscorer with 17 last season and is an important part of the squad," Magilton told the club's official website.
"We are obviously aware that he is in the last year of his contract. The club has been in discussions with him about a new deal and those discussions are ongoing.
"We have not received any more bids for the player and I'm delighted about that because it means he will be an Ipswich player at the start of the season."
Hull boss Phil Brown, who recently saw an offer of £600,000 rejected by Ipswich, insists he will not pay over the odds for Lee.
And Brown is not happy that Ipswich appeared to up their price after missing out on Blackburn striker Francis Jeffers.
"He was a certain value when Franny Jeffers was on the shopping list, but when Jeffers went off the radar, all of a sudden Alan Lee's value went up," Brown told the Hull Daily Mail.
"I don't find that to be a very good way of doing business.
"They've got their valuation of Alan Lee and we've got ours, but I want to stress that we'll be sticking to ours."