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Acquiring the services of former England international and Premier League manager Peter Reid would undoubtedly 'enhance' Ipswich Town, manager Paul Cook has said.

The Suffolk club were reported to be in talks with the former Sunderland promotion-winning manager about an advisory role earlier this week.

It came after the ex-Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Manchester City midfielder had been pictured in the directors' box at Town's home game with Shrewsbury on Saturday.

He had also reportedly been spotted taking in the Blues' previous Sky Bet League One fixture, at Accrington Stanley the previous weekend.

But while Cook, who previously worked with Reid as an advisor during his spell managing Wigan Athletic, refused to divulge how the situation stands, he said he is someone who would add a wealth of experience and benefit the club.

Asked at this morning's pre-game press conference if he was someone he would like to bring to the club, he replied: "Again guys, the same applies for Peter as it applies for everybody else in terms of signing or recruitment or anything else.

Paul Cook would very much welcome the addition of former England international Peter Reid to the Portman Road club's staff Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook would very much welcome the addition of former England international Peter Reid to the Portman Road club's staff Picture: Barry Goodwin

"We're a club that wants to be the best we can be and if a person of Peter's experience or qualities was to come into our football club it would only enhance what we were are doing.

"Again, I'm sure from our club's point of view I am sure when there is an announcement to be made there will be one and if there isn't one to be made then obviously there won't."

Reid has been without a club since a brief spell coaching at former club Bolton towards the end of the 2016/17 season. But with his CV also including international management with Thailand and a spell with Mumabi City FC in the Indian Super League, Cook feels he is someone with a lot to offer his next club.

"Listen, I've worked with Peter before. Peter's a proper football person, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to any football club. So if that addition was to come to Ipswich I'm sure our supporters would be delighted."

Macauley Bonne in action for Ipswich Town Picture: Barry Goodwin
Macauley Bonne in action for Ipswich Town Picture: Barry Goodwin

Meanwhile, Cook refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding loan striker Macualey Bonne's future.

Parent Championship club QPR have the option to recall the Ipswich-raised player, who is currently joint top goalscorer in League One with nine goals, in January.

Asked about whether there was any thoughts on talking to Hoops boss Mark Warburton or getting something in the pipeline for January to extend Bonne's stay in Suffolk, Cook replied: "I try my best, I won't speculate, I don't debate. It's not my place.

"We're a very strong football club. Mark Ashton (CEO) works very hard behind the scenes with our owners and our chairman Michael O'Leary to do everything properly so whatever stuff might be in place, needs to be in place is getting looked at daily at our club.

"One day if there was any news to say I'm sure we would tell us."

Bonne will be looking to score in his fourth consecutive Ipswich appearance when the Blues make the trip down the A14 to take on Cambridge United tomorrow (3pm).

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