Ipswich Town boss keen on Keith Andrews stay

Keith Andrews
Andrews made his 22nd cap for Republic of Ireland this week

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has said he would be interested in making Keith Andrews' loan from Blackburn a permanent move.

The 30-year-old midfielder, at Portman Road until January, has scored three times in his four Ipswich appearances.

"It's up to Keith to impress, he's done well and if a deal can be done and it suits both parties, we'll try and do it," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"I'm pleased to have him here and we'll just see how that goes."

The Republic of Ireland international has hinted he would be reluctant to return to Ewood Park, where he has a difficult relationship with some of the club's fans.

After moving to Ipswich he said: "I've always conducted myself very well so it's refreshing to come to a football club where you're appreciated."

Meanwhile, Jewell has admitted he will need to keep a watchful eye on the goalkeeper situation at Portman Road.

David Stockdale, on a season-long loan from Fulham, can be recalled at 24 hours notice, and Arran Lee-Barrett is Jewell's only senior alternative.

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"We knew that when we took Stocky on loan he could be called back at any time," said the former Wigan boss.

"That's a situation we're looking at very closely. But we've got a decent number two, so we don't want to rush into something.

"It's not easy to find a goalkeeper where you have to say to the club 'he can come and wait to see if he gets a chance'."

Winger Jay-Emmanuel Thomas could overcome an ankle injury to feature at Blackpool on Saturday.

Midfielder Lee Bowyer and defenders Ibrahima Sonko and Ivar Ingimarsson are in contention to return from their respective thigh injuries.

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