Ipswich Town were remarkably busy in the summer transfer window and January looks to be an intriguing month given Kieran McKenna has replaced Paul Cook as manager.
The Tractor Boys made 19 signings ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and though it would be a shock to see them reach that number again, we can expect to see the new boss look to make additions.
The size of their squad means that the number of incomings may well hinge on the number of departures, and with that in mind we’ve outlined the Ipswich January transfer business that could happen…
Given the transfer spree Ipswich went on in the summer and the size of their squad, the incomings seem more likely to be loan moves.
Kieran McKenna made his name in youth coaching and has links to both Manchester United and Tottenham, which would make the likes of Red Devils trio Shola Shoretire, Dylan Levitt, and Charlie McNeil and Spurs duo Jack Clarke and Dilan Markanday possible targets.
Ipswich have already made five loan signings this season and with EFL rules limiting clubs to five loan signings in a matchday squad, the number of arrivals may be limited by who leaves.
Two would seem a sensible number but you never know with Mark Ashton.
In terms of departures, much of Ipswich’s fate may well be out of their hands this month.
Five of the 19 summer signings made by the Suffolk club in the summer were on loan deals and Mark Ashton has revealed that there are recall clauses in some of those deals.
Aston Villa youngster Louie Barry’s move has been a failure and reports ahead of January indicated that he was expected to be recalled and sent out on loan to League Two.
As Mark Warburton has hinted at the option of a recall, Macauley Bonne’s short-term future may well hinge on the fitness of QPR’s strikers and whether Lyndon Dykes remains at the club, while there have been suggestions that Brighton are planning to recall Christian Walton in order to sell him in January.
We can, perhaps, expect to see two of Ipswich’s five loanees recalled this month – clearing some space for a few new arrivals.
There may be another departure as well in the form of out-of-favour forward Kayden Jackson, whose contract runs out in the summer meaning Ipswich would likely be happy to let him leave for free just to get him off their wage bill.