Ipswich Town are close to completing a deal for Accrington Stanley defender Janoi Donacien, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The defender was a key part of John Coleman’s side last season as Accrington were crowned champions of SkyBet League Two.

He made 51 appearances in all competitions for Stanley last campaign and his impressive performances have caught the eye of new Ipswich boss Paul Hurst.

It is understood that Hurst is also keen on making a move for Donacien’s Stanley teammate Kayden Jackson, as the former Shrewsbury boss plans a double raid at the Wham Stadium.

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Ipswich have now agreed a fee with the League One club and are now to discuss personal terms ahead of a potential move.

The East Anglian club are in need to strengthen their centre back options, with Luke Chambers the only recognised centre back on the books at Portman Road.

The sale of Adam Webster to Bristol City has left Hurst with a void to fill in his defence and he has identified Donacien as the perfect man to fill his shoes.

Accrington manager John Coleman said: “I think it’s getting finalised today, not done yet, but I’d be surprised if he’s not an Ipswich player by tonight.”

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The club are also tracking Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt and the club have fended off interest from Rangers in order to land the Tangerine.

Ipswich and Blackpool are now close to agreeing a fee for the centre back.

After a flurry of departures from Portman Road, Ipswich now look set to complete a deal for Donacien as Paul Hurst looks to rebuild the Tractor Boys.


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