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Ipswich Town join Portsmouth in transfer race for Premier League striker



Ipswich Town are interested in bringing Leicester City striker George Hirst to Portman Road for the 2022-23 League One season, according to TWTD.

The Tractor Boys have lost two forwards following the conclusion of the 2021-22 campaign, with James Norwood being released and Macauley Bonne returning to Queens Park Rangers.

And the club’s recruitment team have put Hirst on their shortlist of potential incomings following his prolific campaign with Ipswich’s league rivals Portsmouth.

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Hirst joined Pompey on a season-long loan from the Foxes and scored 13 times in 40 appearances in the third tier of English football, with the majority of those goals coming in the second half of the campaign.

He is the son of former England international David Hirst and before any transfer decision is made this summer, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he will run the rule over the forward in pre-season to see if he’s ready for first-team football.

Ipswich face a battle for Hirst’s services though if he is allowed to depart on loan once again, with Pompey boss Danny Cowley admitting that he wants to secure his signature once again if he is given permission to next season.

The Verdict

Hirst is going to be a man in-demand in both League One and the Championship this summer thanks to his goalscoring form for Portsmouth.

You’d imagine that he’s going to find it hard to find first-team football at Leicester next season, even if he impresses in pre-season, simply due to the strikers the Foxes already have at their disposal.

And with one year left on his contract at the King Power Stadium, Hirst really needs to consider his long-term future when deciding on his next move.

Ipswich clearly have ambitious plans to return to the Championship as soon as possible, as evidenced by their spending spree last season, and with the need to add a goalscoring striker to their ranks this summer, Hirst would fit the bill entirely.

25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Ipswich Town join Portsmouth in transfer race for Premier League striker

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