The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Ben Baker

MICK MCCARTHY’S bid to strengthen his Ip­swich Town squad has been ham­strung so far, and the man­ager be­lieves there are a plethora of rea­sons new faces have yet to come to Portman Road.

The Trac­tor Boys have been un­able to se­cure any in­com­ing deals in Jan­uary yet, though Luke Var­ney has al­ready made the switch to Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Bur­ton Albion.

And with Daryl Murphy also de­part­ing back in the sum­mer, there is a sense of ur­gency for the 57-year-old to do some busi­ness be­fore the win­dow slams shut.

“We’re still look­ing for strik­ers and so far we’re not hav­ing any joy. We’re just get­ting the same cus­tard pies in our face at the minute,” said McCarthy.

“I could give you a litany of ex­cuses. Not ex­cuses ac­tu­ally, just rea­sons. They haven’t got their sign­ings yet, they haven’t got a big enough squad, they need to keep some­one for cover with the African Cup of Na­tions com­ing up.

“There are loads of rea­sons why. And they are le­git­i­mate rea­sons. I’m not giv­ing them as ex­cuses. They are all the rea­sons I have used in the past.”

Rother­ham’s 26-year-old for­ward Danny Ward and Cauley Woodrow, 22, of Ful­ham are both ru­moured to be on the radar, with McCarthy keen to do busi­ness early in Jan­uary.

But the former Wolves man­ager ad­mits he would not be sur­prised if it was an eleventh hour en­ter­prise, cit­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence at how the month usu­ally plays out.

He said: “The ones who have a player that peo­ple want will be ask­ing for the max­i­mum and I don’t blame them.

“Some­times it gets near the end of the win­dow and it’s almost in­evitable they’ll go. When they do go they tend to go for a bit more than has been asked and a bit less wanted, then it’s like a pack of cards go­ing over.”

EF­FORTS: Mick McCarthy

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