Filed: Wednesday, 26th October 2005
By: Matthew O'Greel
Ipswich boss Joe Royle has confirmed that West Ham are interested in signing young striker Dean Bowditch.
Speculation earlier in the day suggested that Bowditch could be on his way to West Ham in exchange for the out of favour Carl Fletcher and Gavin Williams - both signed by Pardew last season from Bournemouth and Yeovil respectively.
Talking on Ipswich's website this afternoon, Royle revealed:
"There is no secret that I would like to strengthen my squad, and there are ways and means of doing this.
"If when the transfer window opens the best deals can be achieved by moving out one of our players then that would be considered.
"West Ham have been fans of Dean Bowditch for a long while, but I stress there is nothing happening at the moment to take that forward."
Bowditch has made 12 appearances for the Blues this season, although is yet to score a goal. He had rather less trouble finding the net on his full debut last year however, when he netted a hat-trick against Watford.
The 18-year-old has already represented England, and current manager Joe Royle has little doubt about his potential.
Speaking on the FA's website last year he commented:
"We’ve tried to shelter Dean, but the secret is out.
"People who have followed the Academy and reserves at Ipswich will know the talent that Dean has got."
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