Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town will look to strengthen their defence by signing Connor Goldson on-loan from Brighton, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The Blues have the 19th worst defensive record in the Championship having leaked a total of 39 goals throughout the first half of the season and Mick McCarthy is keen to revitalise his side’s strength at the rear of his team.

25-year-old Goldson came close to signing for the Blues in the summer on a season-long loan, however the Premier League side cancelled the move on Transfer Deadline Day.

The young defender’s move to Portman Road fell through late on in the window due to Dutchman Stefan Denswil picking up a late injury which meant he was unable to sign for the Seagulls from Brugge.

Goldon is highly rated within the Seagulls set-up at The Amex Stadium, however a lack of game time meant that he has dropped down the pecking order for Chris Hughton. The defender faced a lengthy absence after undergoing heart surgery last March, meanhing he has made just three senior appearances for the Seagulls this term – twice in the Caraboa Cup as well as featuring in the recent 1-0 home win over Watford.

With Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk sitting at the top of the pecking order at The Amex, while German Uwe Huenemeir takes the back-up role, Mick McCarthy may look to utilise his contact with his former Republic of Ireland team-mate in order to strengthen his defence.

The Blues have only three options available in central defence, with Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith and Adam Webster the options on offer to McCarthy, however Websiter is sidelined with an Achilles injury and Smith has made just seven senior starts since the start of 2017 following back surgery.

Speaking to the Brighton Argus, Hughton admitted that the Seagulls are on the look for game-time for Goldson.

“Probably the only one in our squad that we would still maybe look for something happening would be Connor Goldson.

“He played (against Watford), will play on Monday (in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace) but, when we look at Connor and the games he has played in this last year-and-a-half, if we had an opportunity to get him out on loan and get regular games in the second half of the season then we would.”


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