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Ipswich Town have joined Championship sides Derby County and Blackburn Rovers in considering a move for Northampton Town goalkeeper David Cornell, who could yet make a late move away from Sixfields before the transfer window closes, according to a report by Football Insider.
The 28-year-old’s contract with the League Two side expires at the end of the season and he could be available on the cheap before the window slams shut, that could appeal to the Tractor Boys, who are hopeful of adding reinforcements to their goalkeeper ranks.
So would Cornell be a good addition at Portman Road and is he actually needed?
“Ipswich could be in need of adding to their goalkeeping options before the end of the window, or certainly in the summer, with the Tractor Boys having allowed Bartosz Bialkowski to leave the club on a permanent deal to Championship side Millwall.
“Lambert’s side currently have both Will Norris and Tomas Holy competing for their number one spot, so are in a relatively strong position for the rest of the season, but Norris is only on loan from Premier League Wolves and could return to the club in the summer leaving Ipswich short of options.
“Cornell would therefore be a good option for the Tractor Boys to consider signing before the window closes, with the keeper having displayed some consistent form over the last two campaigns for Northampton pulling off some eye-catching interventions to deny opponents.
“That suggests that the 28-year-old could come into Portman Road and really compete for his place as the club’s first choice keeper, and he could help to fill the void left behind by the potential departure of Norris in the summer.”
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“Ipswich will need to strengthen their goalkeeping department in the long term given that current first choice Will Norris is only on loan at the club, and Cornell could be a good addition to add competition for Tomas Holy in the future.
“Cornell has proven over the last couple of seasons that he can definitely hold his own as a first-choice stopper in League One, and this means he should be a solid arrival for Derby whether they are in the third or second tier next term.
“I do think that Ipswich should hold off on the deal until Cornell’s contract expires in the summer, particularly given the club are now quite well stocked between the sticks with both Norris and Holy available.
“However, the Tractor Boys should definitely look into this deal over the coming months with Cornell’s contract soon expiring, and I can’t see any reason why the Portman Road outfit would not take the low-risk gamble of signing Cornell.”
“With Will Norris currently taking the mantle in goal for the Tractor Boys, I’m not sure that bringing in Cornell will make much difference to how Ipswich are getting on.
“Having plied his trade mostly in League Two throughout his career, he would already have to make the step up, rather than having Norris who has impressed during his time at Wolves in brief stints.
“Cornell and Norris’ careers have followed similar paths and I think bringing the former in wouldn’t really make much sense to what they currently have as I don’t think he’s an upgrade.
“With Tomas Holy currently operating as backup to Norris, I don’t think that Ipswich need another ‘keeper before the deadline, as they might need a better one anyway if they earn promotion.”