Ipswich manager Paul Jewell insists signing George Boyd on loan from Peterborough United is no longer a priority.
The Tractor Boys failed in a bid to sign Boyd on a permanent basis ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline. The long-serving Posh player turned down the move after failing to agree personal terms.
But comments attributed to Posh Director of Football Barry Fry led to speculation that the 26 year-old would be allowed to leave London Road when the loan window opened last weekend.
But Jewell said at his weekly pre-match press conference today (September 13): “Barry Fry came on the phone to me last week to ask about George Boyd because I’d made comments in the press about him, but all I’d done was answer a question
“There might well still be a loan situation, but that’s not our priority at the moment.”
Posh boss Darren Ferguson confirmed that Boyd would be in the Posh squad for the trip to Burnley in Saturday (September 15) barring any twists to a long-running transfer saga.
Teenage left-back Kgosi Ntlhe looks set to be left out of the team after an arduous week of travelling with the South African international squad. Craig Alcock is the favourite to replace him ahead of Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
Ferguson also confirmed at his pre-match press conference today (September 13) that new signing Kane Ferdinand could well make his full debut at Turf Moor.
Ferdinand could be accomodated by moving Michael Bostwick to central defence in place of either Shaun Brisley or Gaby Zakuani.