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Ipswich Town reportedly close in on permanent signing of Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton



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Ipswich Town have reportedly made a breakthrough in their bid to sign Christian Walton on a permanent basis.

The goalkeeper impressed during his loan spell with the Tractor Boys, which came to an end following the conclusion of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.

The 26-year-old has now returned to his Premier League parent club Brighton & Hove Albion, who are believed to be keen to cash in on Walton prior to his contract on the south coast expiring at the end of the campaign.

Christian Walton is reportedly close to joining Ipswich on a permanent deal. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Christian Walton is reportedly close to joining Ipswich on a permanent deal. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Speculation yesterday suggested that Championship outfit Luton Town had entered the running for the former England youth international's signature, but according to Football Insider, it is Ipswich who are out in front.

The report adds that Ipswich and Brighton have today agreed a deal, with Walton now set to discuss personal terms over a swift return to Suffolk.

Speaking after the loss at Bolton, Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna revealed that he was 'positive' about the chances of retaining Walton's services going forward.

He said: “I’ve not spoken to the club today on it. Last time I heard the club was working on it, they were positive a solution would be met with Brighton and I’ve not been updated any more. The situation is still the same – we’re still hoping that that will get done."

Walton, who speculation has claimed could cost as much as £2m, has made a total of 18 appearances this term for the Tractor Boys.