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Ipswich Town targeting move for Leicester City and former Portsmouth striker George Hirst

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A striker is on Kieran McKenna's list of positions to sort this summer, with goals in short supply for Ipswich Town during the latter part of this season.

Town have already released fans' favourite James Norwood, while talks remain ongoing with Kayden Jackson and Tyreece Simpson regarding the extension of their contracts.

With Macauley Bonne also returning to parent side QPR, and Simpson informing the club of his wish to leave Portman Road, it has left the squad in short supply in attack.

According to reports from TWTD, Leicester City striker George Hirst is one of a number of options the Ipswich hierarchy are considering.

The 23-year-old already has League One experience, having spent the 2021/22 season on loan with Portsmouth.

Hirst scored 15 times for Danny Cowley's side in all competitions, including a run of five goals in three games between February and March.

A striker is a key priority for Kieran McKenna and Ipswich Town this summer. Picture: Barry Goodwin
A striker is a key priority for Kieran McKenna and Ipswich Town this summer. Picture: Barry Goodwin

However, Town may find themselves in a battle to lure the former Sheffield Wednesday striker to Portman Road.

Speaking to Leicestershire Live, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers hinted that Hirst may earn a first-team place at the King Power Stadium next season.

“George has done great at Portsmouth and he’s someone I want to have a good look at over the course of pre-season, " he said. "When I first came in, there was something in him. He’s 6ft 4ins, got a nice touch, he’s good in the air, he can run, he’s got decent speed.

"I felt he needed experience. He’s gone out and didn’t quite get the experience at Rotherham but at Portsmouth gradually he’s improved and developed.

"I think him coming back in the summer, we get a good chance to see him having played for points and having had something to prove. I would hope and I’m pretty sure I’ll see a step up both mentally and tactically in the game from him."

Town are also reportedly interested in Peterborough United midfielder Jack Taylor, according to reports from the East Anglian Daily Times.