Ipswich Town search for 'next' goalkeeper

David Stockdale
Stockdale has played all eight Championship games for Ipswich this season

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has said he is on the look-out for a goalkeeper who could wear the number one shirt next season.

David Stockdale is Town's current shot stopper, but Fulham can recall him from his loan spell at 24 hours notice.

"We are searching up and down the country and Europe for a goalkeeper who will maybe be our keeper next season," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

Jewell added that the Cottagers have yet to ask for Stockdale to return.

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Fulham first choice keeper Mark Schwarzer received treatment for a back complaint late on in Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Brom.

Reports on the Australian's fitness have since been positive, but should Fulham boss Martin Jol choose to bring back Stockdale, Ipswich will be left with Arran Lee-Barrett as their only senior keeper.

"I hope that call doesn't come, we are always going to be on egg shells, it's not an ideal situation," admitted Jewell.

"I know Mark got a bang but as yet we've had no calls."

Jewell did have West Ham's Marek Stech on trial, but has opted not to take the 21-year-old Czech on loan.

But he is confident defender Ibrahima Sonko will be able to play a second game in four days against West Ham on Tuesday, despite passing a late fitness test for Saturday's 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough.

"He's done really well considering he has limited training, it's been a really stuttered programme for him but certainly in the games he's been a big plus for us," he said.

And he added striker Jason Scotland is likely to shrug off a weekend knock: "He was a little bit sore but we don't envisage him not being involved."

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