Ipswich Town bring in Middlesbrough midfielder Samy Morsy on a permanent deal
Samy Morsy has become the 19th and final signing of a hectic summer of comings and goings at Ipswich Town.
News broke of the Tractor Boys' interest in the Middlesbrough midfielder yesterday, although earlier today it was suggested that he would be reluctant to drop down into League One.
However, the Egyptian – who previously worked under Ipswich boss Paul Cook at Chesterfield and Wigan Athletic – has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Portman Road.
Morsy, 29, has linked up with Ipswich for an undisclosed fee and becomes the second arrival of the day after Bersant Celina.
Cook told the Ipswich website: "I’m absolutely delighted. My relationship with Samy is there for everyone to see dating back to when we were at Chesterfield together.
"Samy, again, has been a long-term target. He’s someone that we have had to be patient with and wait to bring in similarly to Bersant Celina.
"They were both long-term targets and we’re absolutely delighted to have them both at the Club.
"I can only thank Mark Ashton and the owners for their continued backing for bringing in a strong character and a good player like Samy Morsy."
Meanwhile, after a busy summer, Ipswich's CEO Mark Ashton has written an open letter to supporters on the club's website.
It read: "Dear supporters, I wanted to directly speak with you ahead of the summer transfer window closing later tonight.
"We’ve signed 19 players this summer – two of those being finalised today – but that is all in terms of incomings.
"While I cannot rule them out, any outgoings in the final hours of the transfer window are highly unlikely.
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank a wide range of people behind the club who have been absolutely fantastic in a very busy summer.
"I also need to say a big thank you to the board, the investors and the owners in enabling us to bring the players in that we have and build what we feel is a great squad.
"There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us – both on and off the pitch – and as I’ve said before, we can only achieve success together. Now, let’s get down to work and get on with the season.
"Thank you, as ever, for your fantastic support."