Ipswich Town are looking to add Accrington Stanley striker Kayden Jackson to their ranks, according to the Sun on Sunday, as reported via East Anglian Daily Times.
The 24-year-old impressed as Stanley romped to the League Two title, scoring 16 goals alongside Billy Kee. He is now entering the last year of his current contract and John Coleman could find a seven-figure bid incredibly hard to resist.
Bids from Rotherham and Peterborough have already been turned down this summer for the former Barnsley striker as Accrington hope to retain the League One place they’ve fought so hard to achieve.
John Coleman effectively name the price he would consider a fortnight ago after Jackson’s impressive turn out for Stanley in their 3-0 win against Huddersfield He told the Lancashire Times:
“If nobody comes in for him, nobody comes in for him but if somebody does come in for him and they see what he has done today, the price tag has to become realistic and all of a sudden now, a million pounds is a realistic price for what people are paying for strikers at the top end of the Championship and the Premiership.”
The Bradford born striker had only scored one Football League goal ahead of his switch to Stanley, that coming in a loan spell with Grimsby Town. He had previously scored in non-league loans spells with Swindon Supermarine, Oxford City, Tamworth and Wrexham.
Jackson is certainly coming of age and looks set to net Accrington a big transfer fee, which will be great news for them.
They’ve got by far the lowest average attendance of the sides in League One and will need to cash in on someone if they’re going to sustain third-tier football. Hanging on to Billy Kee will be a significant summer victory, but in Jackson they may now feel they have a saleable asset that can help them move forward as a club if he goes.
As for Ipswich, £1.25m does seem a lot of money for a player with one decent League Two season under his belt, but if that is the market value then they’ll have to pay it and hope for the best.