Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook is looking to raid his former club Accrington Stanley for 24-year-old striker Colby Bishop, according to Alan Nixon of The Sun.
Having arrived at Portman Road in March, Cook saw his Tractor Boys pick up a mixed set of results and being far from pleased with what he witnessed, he released eight senior players and has reportedly put the majority of the squad up for sale.
One of the problem areas was up-front at the back end of the season – Ipswich just weren’t scoring enough and they went six matches in a row without a goal at one point.
That means that Cook is looking for attacking reinforcements and several names have been linked over the weeks, including an ambitious move for Charlie Wyke, but Bishop is a name that continues to crop up.
Local Suffolk reports indicated Cook’s interest in the Accrington man last week, and now Nixon has confirmed that the manager’s keenness to sign Bishop ‘isn’t going away’.
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His strike partner Dion Charles may have grabbed the headlines this past season but Bishop knows where the back of the net is as well, scoring 12 goals in 45 outings in all competitions.
And with Bishop under a contract for at least the next season, he would cost the Tractor Boys a fee to prize him away from Lancashire.
Considering Ipswich’s strikers failed to really fire last season, it’s no surprise that Cook wants to overhaul the forward line.
Bishop would be a good start – he can do a bit of everything from holding the ball up and bringing others into play to being a scorer of goals inside the 18-yard box.
At the age of 24 as well Bishop has time to develop into an even better player than he already is – his time in non-league will have served him well and he’s proven that he can make that step up into League One and he could be the man to fire Ipswich into the Championship given the chance.