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Ipswich Town midfielders Idris El Mizouni and Rekeem Harper could leave the club on loan



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Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna has revealed the club is trying to secure loan moves away for Idris El Mizouni and Rekeem Harper.

The midfield duo have found themselves on the periphery for much of this campaign, with summer signing Harper having made 13 League One appearances and El Mizouni just two.

And following the recent arrival of Tyreeq Bakinson on loan from Bristol City, the Tractor Boys are well stocked when it comes to midfield options.

Idris El Mizouni has made two league appearances this term. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Idris El Mizouni has made two league appearances this term. Picture: Barry Goodwin

As a result, McKenna believes the pair's development would be best served by securing regular football elsewhere for the remainder of the season, when the hope is they will return to Portman Road ready to fight for a first-team place.

"We have a couple of relatively young midfielders here in Idris and Rekeem. We think (they are) really good talents, got a future at the club and we want them to be part of our plans going forward," said the Ipswich boss.

"We want them to be here in pre-season competing for places, showing what they can do and fighting their way into the team.

Rekeem Harper joined Ipswich from West Brom. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Rekeem Harper joined Ipswich from West Brom. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Both of them are probably at the stage where they haven't played as much football as what they would like to this year.

"Idris is still trying to work his way into senior football but he is a great personality, a hungry boy, works hard in training and I'm sure he's going to be a very good player. And Rekeem is obviously someone who has had good exposure at an early age at West Brom. Again a real talent, has got really good ingredients but hasn't had a real run of games over the course of his career so far. He hasn't had six, seven, eight league games in a row.

"We've had conversations with both of them and discussed the pathway and the plans for them over the longer term. Part of that was we thought it would be a good option for them to seek games until the end of the season, somewhere where they can play regularly and really put a run of games together.

"(Somewhere they can) gain experience, gain confidence, get some exposure and put themselves in a better position going into next year.

Kieran McKenna believes the two players have bright futures at Ipswich Town. Picture: Andy Jones
Kieran McKenna believes the two players have bright futures at Ipswich Town. Picture: Andy Jones

"That's something we're working on as a club. Obviously it needs to be the right fit for both of them and somewhere we feel it would be right for their development.

"If that doesn't happen, we're delighted to have them both here and both will be part of the squad and compete for places."

Meanwhile, McKenna also confirmed goalkeeper Tomas Holy could leave the club following speculation that Bradford City were keen on his services.

Holy, who joined Ipswich from Gillingham in 2019, has fallen down the pecking order behind Christian Walton and Vlaclav Hladky.

"We've had conversations with Tomas as a club – there has been interest in him," said McKenna.

"Obviously he's played in League One before and proven to be a good goalkeeper. He wants to play games and wants to compete – he's a very competitive man.

"We're looking at that with him. There's been interest from a few different clubs. If the fit is right for Tomas and it's an opportunity for him, we feel like with Christian and with Vaz, we've got some good goalkeepers and good young goalkeepers behind them as well."