Ipswich Town are interested in making a potential ambitious move to bring Hull City midfielder Richie Smallwood to Portman Road this summer, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
Smallwood has played an integral part in helping Hull bounce straight back to the Championship this season, with his experience and leadership qualities helping to establish the Tigers as the best side in the English third tier this term. The 30-year-old only arrived at the KCOM Stadium last summer and went on to make 27 appearances in the league for Grant McCann’s side.
According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Paul Cook is aiming to enhance his midfield options at Ipswich this summer and Smallwood is one of the names that he is considering making a move for. It is believed that the Tractor Boys have the funds this summer to improve their squad with permanent signings and that they are ready to invest in the squad to help take them to promotion.
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It is being reported that Smallwood would potentially be open to making the switch to Portman Road this summer, although at this stage it is believed that no move has been made by Ipswich. That suggests that the Tractor Boys are currently weighing up the idea of a move before coming in with any formal offers for the midfielder.
This would be a very good move for Ipswich, with Smallwood having already shown that he can help to lead a side to promotion from the English third tier with his performances for Hull this season. While he also played a pivotal role in helping Blackburn Rovers secure promotion from League One as well during the 2017/18 campaign.
The 30-year-old is one of the standout midfield players in the English third tier and having him in their squad would give Cook’s side a much better chance of reaching the Championship. His leadership qualities would be potentially vital and you can see why Ipswich would want someone with his pedigree at Portman Road.
Whilst the midfielder has never been able to perform to a consistently high standard in the Championship, his League One credentials speak for themselves. Perhaps he is considering making the move as the report suggests because he knows that he might have more influence for the Tractor Boys than he could at Hull now they have gone up.