Ipswich Town will complete the permanent signing of Accrington Stanley defender Janoi Donacien in the January transfer window, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The 25-year-old joined the Tractor Boys on loan at the end of July with a view to a £750,000 permanent deal once he receives a new work permit.

Donacien has played 10 games this season but is yet to feature under new boss Paul Lambert.

He started his career with brief spells as a youngster at Luton Town and Tottenham Hotspur before joining Aston Villa in 2010. Donacien never made a senior appearance for the Midlands side.

Instead, the St Lucia-born defender enjoyed loan spells away from Villa Park in the lower leagues with Tranmere Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers and Newport County, where he gained first-team experience.

Donacien was then allowed to leave Villa on a permanent deal in August 2016 to join Accrington Stanley. He played 90 games altogether for John Coleman’s side and played a huge role in their promotion from League Two last season.

It appears the best is yet to come from Donacien in an Ipswich Town shirt and he will be hoping to help them stay up in the Championship in this campaign. Lambert’s side are currently rock-bottom of the table and eight points off safety.

Donacien could be the first of a couple new signings in January as the East Anglian side look to avoid dropping into the third tier and Lambert will be looking to put his own stamp on his newly inherited squad.


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