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Ipswich: second team joins the race for Town defender

Bristol City have joined the race to sign Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence, according to the Bristol Post.

City have had a mediocre season this campaign, with the Robins sitting 17th and behind Ipswich by a single point.

Originally reported by HITC, City are not the only side trying to sway Spence to them, with Nottingham Forest also keen on signing the 26-year-old defender.

The young defender made the switch to Portman Road in January on a short-term deal, but his contract is set to expire this summer.

City will be no stranger to Spence, with the right-back having experienced loan spells at Ashton Gate in 2011 and 2012 – making 22 appearances prior to his recall by West Ham United.

Spence, a former England youngster, has made sixteen appearances for Mick McCarthy’s side and impressed each time he has featured for the Blues, thus attracting attention from around the Football League.

Last month Spence commented about the reported interest from numerous Football League clubs, stating “I’m thoroughly enjoying my time here.”

The defender has shown his versatility across the defence, performing at full-back, centre-back and wing-back since moving to Portman Road in January.

Towards the end of last month, Town boss Mick McCarthy stated that he will be making a number of changes to the squad in the summer transfer window.

The Town boss admitted that he’ll be “losing a few players.”

“It could be a new look.” he said. “This is my fifth season and, as I’ve said before, I think people can get tired of you. I don’t know how many team talks you can do? Sometimes it needs changing. There have been calls for me to be changed, but my intention is to come back and build a team capable of challenging for the play-offs again.”

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