According to the East Anglian Daily Times (EADT), Ipswich Town are closing in on a new keeper, being in advanced talks with giant Czech stopper Tomas Holy.

27-year-old Holy, who stands 6ft 9in tall, signed on at the Gills in January 2017, arriving from renowned Czech side Sparta Prague for an unknown fee.

He was an ever-present for the League One side last season, featuring 46 times across their 2018/19 campaign. During last season, one where the Gills finished 15th, Holy conceded 72 goals and kept 11 clean sheets.

Ipswich suffered a torrid time in last year’s Sky Bet Championship campaign, something they will be looking to put right in League One. They finished bottom of the pile on 31 points and were confirmed relegated with some games to go.

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The EADT say that “significant progress” has been made recently, warning that it is a deal that “is not yet complete.” Holy is said to be considering his options but there is the possibility that a deal could be announced next week.

The EADT say that there is bound to be need for at least one stopper at Portman Road as Dean Gerken is “likely to move on once the club’s retained list is announced“. This will be compounded by interest in the Tractor Boys #1 Bartosz Bialkowski from three Championship clubs.

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Should that be the case, then a move for the imposing Holy would make sense, even more so considering that his deal will have run out and he’ll be available on a free deal.

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