The Imps have been linked with a swoop for 24-year-old Teddy Bishop, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.
Of course, our old friends at Portsmouth have also been linked with a move, as have MK Dons, but it is reported we are keenest to get a deal done, and that the other clubs need to shuffle their decks before making space for Bishop. Despite some interest from his newly-promoted Cambridge United, it seemingly leaves us in pole position for his signature as we look to replace Jorge Grant.
That is where I see Bishop possibly playing were we to sign him – he is a central midfielder that usually operates on the right of a two-man midfield, but who can also play more advanced in the ten role. A Portman Road departure does look likely, manager Paul Cook has forced the Cambridge-born player to train with the Under 23s, and his exit is not a case of if, but rather of when. It will be a sad end for Bishop, who has been at Ipswich since the age of eight.
Bishop burst onto the scene with Ipswich in 2014/15, making his league debut in the Championship against Derby County. He played 36 times for them in all competitions that campaign, scoring once. Since then his progress has been hampered by injury, shin splints upsetting the 2015/16 campaign, ankle ligament damage ahead of the FA Cup games between the Tractor Boys and Us in 2016/17, and a ruptured hamstring Boxing Day 2017 the next season. In 2019/20, with the season curtailed early, he saw little action courtesy of a knee injury, playing just nine League One matches. Last season, he appeared 36 times for the Blues, scoring four goals. Injury also ended his England youth hopes, having been called up by the Under 19s but withdrawing without kicking a ball.
In total, Bishop has appeared 132 times for Ipswich, with 76 league starts, and scored five goals. Last season he appeared in a variety of positions for Ipswich, including left-wing, attacking midfield and in a more central role. He had a 12-month extension triggered in his contract at the end of last season, which means a nominal fee would be likely required for his services.