Ipswich Town are interested in a loan move for Derby defender Jason Shackell, according to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

Ipswich are wanting to bring the experienced centre-back on a season-long loan from Derby County. However, their first offer is said to be below what his wages at Derby are, they could make a second offer before the transfer deadline.

Shackell, 33, has fallen down the pecking order at a Derby under manager Gary Rowett. It is believed that the Englishman would be open to a move away from Pride Park, either on loan or permanent, to get some more first-team action.

Shackell is an experienced defender who started his career with Norwich City, before moving to Wolves. He had a loan spell at Doncaster Rovers before joining Barnsley in 2010. It was with the Tykes where Shackell made his name, and his impressive performances earned him a move to Derby a year later. A year at Derby then resulted in Burnley swooping for the 6ft 4inc centre-back and he captained Burnley to a promotion to the Premier League. A return to Derby followed after Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League in 2015, where he has played over 50 games since.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is a shrewd negotiator in the transfer market and is no stranger to securing loan deals for experienced players. The Tractor Boys have had a great start to the 17/18 season thanks to goals from their new signings, Joe Garner and Martin Waghorn, who both joined from Rangers in the summer. The possibility of loaning the experienced Jason Shackell will no doubt further bolster the Ipswich ranks.

 


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