Ipswich Town’s hunt for a new centre-back is beginning to hot up as the club look to complete a deal before the weekend.
Paul Hurst’s number one target Curtis Tilt handed in a transfer request at Blackpool yesterday, according to Sky Sports, after the club had rejected two bids from the Tractor Boys for his services.
The second bid was thought to be around £700,000 and manager Paul Hurst and owner Marcus Evans have agreed that they will not pay over the odds for the centre-back.
With that in mind, attention has turned to one of Hurst’s old favourites, Toto Nsiala, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
The 22-year-old has been signed by Hurst twice before, whilst he was in charge at Grimsby and Shrewsbury.
Nsiala was a constant in the Shrews’ impressive League One promotion push last season, which just ran out of gas in the play-off final.
But would Hurst’s old favourite be a good signing for Ipswich?
He was instrumental in Shrewsbury’s success last season, and manager Paul Hurst will know him better than most.
Ipswich still need strengthening at the back and signing Nsiala would go a long way to aiding the rebuild of Ipswich’s defence.
He’s a player with plenty of pedigree and just needs that step up.
Paul Hurst obviously knows him and that would help the bedding in period so it could be a move that works.
I thought there was a ‘no transfers to Ipswich’ policy in place at the New Meadow. Obviously not.
If he goes, Shrewsbury are in real trouble.
He worked with Hurst at Grimsby and the Shrews, so he could well be a big asset at Portman Road too.
What price on Nolan next?
He would be a very good signing.
Obviously the Shrewsbury man is a player that Paul Hurst knows well and he is ready to make the step up.
Nsiala would also fit into Ipswich’s recent signings in that he is young, hungry and eager to prove himself.
Hurst is certainly doing things his own way at Portman Road and Ipswich’s supporters are going to have to trust his judgement.
He knows Nsiala from his time at Shrewsbury, so you’ve got to back him here.
It’s a signing you would have to judge in a couple of months, however.