Rotherham United midfielder Matt Crooks is the latest player to be linked with a move to Paul Cook’s Ipswich Town this summer, per the East Anglian Daily Times.
The rumour mill has been going into overdrive in Suffolk in recent weeks after Cook released eight senior players and put most of the rest of his contracted squad up for sale at the right price.
Ipswich have been linked with ambitious free transfer moves for strikers Charlie Wyke and Jermain Defoe, but it seems as though they’re willing to spend transfer fees as well if the right player becomes available.
And Cook has set his sights on 27-year-old Crooks, who was relegated with Rotherham United from the Championship last season.
That’s not a slight on his performances though as he was named the Championship Player of the Month for January after scoring three times in four outings, and he ended the season with seven goals and three assists in all competitions.
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Crooks can play just off the striker or deeper in midfield and provides a physical presence standing at 6 ft 4 in, and when Rotherham were last in League One he scored nine times to help them get promoted back to the Championship.
Crooks would provide Ipswich with more of a goal threat from the attacking midfield area next season should they be able to get a deal over the line, but he’s not likely going to come cheap.
The 27-year-old has a year left on his contract at the Millers and they will be hoping that Crooks will be one of the players to lead them to another promotion push – but Ipswich clearly have financial backing this season and their new American owners are willing to spend.
It makes sense that Cook is targeting proven League One quality that can also play in the division above and if they can agree a fee with Rotherham then Crooks could prove to be one of the better signings this summer in the EFL.