Ipswich Town's transfer talks with Michael Jacobs confirmed by Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley
Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has confirmed that transfer talks between Michael Jacobs and Ipswich Town have taken place – but that any move would be finalised under his club's terms.
Recent speculation claimed that discussions were under way between the Tractor Boys and the 29-year-old, who struggled with injuries last term.
Cowley has now conceded the reports to be true, but he also stressed that keeping a fully fit Jacobs at Fratton Park would be a major plus for his squad.
"If we can see Michael Jacobs 30-plus times next year, then the team will benefit," he told Portsmouth News.
"That’s the challenge. In recent years he hasn’t been able to play regularly enough, if he did he’d be playing in the Championship. There’s no doubt about that.
"You are always open minded aren’t you. Every player at these levels has a value – that’s the truth of it.
"Michael spoke to them (Ipswich) and you always want to be fair with people, don’t you? Try to treat people like you’d like to be treated yourself. We are pleased it (the move) hasn’t happened (so far).
"Ultimately there are three parties to every transfer negotiation, it has to be right for all three parties – and we won’t do anything unless it is right for us. We have to safeguard the future of the club.
"Michael Jacobs is a top player, really creative, who has shown last season what an impact he can have on the team. It would have to be on our terms, for sure."
Injuries restricted Jacobs to just 22 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign, 13 of which came from the start of matches.
He is well known to Ipswich boss Paul Cook, with the pair having previously worked together at Wigan Athletic.