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Ipswich Town reportedly set to bid for Rotherham United's former Glasgow Rangers midfielder Matt Crooks




The summer transfer window officially opened today and Ipswich Town look set to table a bid to bring Rotherham United's versatile midfielder Matt Crooks to Portman Road.

The 27-year-old is valued on Transfermarkt.co.uk as being worth £630,000 with another year to run on his contract at the New York Stadium. But with the Millers having been relegated from the Sky Bet Championship, they could be keen to bring in some funds.

The EADT and Ipswich Star are reporting Town are keen to bring in the predominantly defensive midfielder who can also play further forward in central areas and has a good goalscoring record.

Ipswich Town are reported to be set to table a bid to bring Matt Crooks to Portman Road Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town are reported to be set to table a bid to bring Matt Crooks to Portman Road Picture: Barry Goodwin

Crooks began his career in Manchester United's academy before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2008 ahead of making his senior breakthrough with Accrington Stanley in League Two following a loan spell in 2014/15.

Following a season which saw him help Stanley into the League Two play-offs, along with team-mate Josh Windass he sealed a dream move to Glasgow Rangers, signing a four-year contract in July 2016.

The move did not work out though with Crooks only playing two times in the Scottish Premiership and led to a move to League One Northampton Town ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

The 6ft 4in tall Leeds-born player earned a move up to Championship Rotherham in January, 2019 on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Following the Millers' relegation he scored an impressive 11 goals as Paul Warne's side were promoted as runners-up in League One in the early Covid-19 curtailed campaign.

Crooks was awarded the EFL Championship Player of the Month award for January 2021 after scoring three goals of his season's six.

Town go into the summer transfer window having already secured the services of right-sided specialist Lee Burns from Fleetwood Town and central midfielder Lee Evans from Wigan Athletic.

With eight players having departed and more players having reportedly been told they can find new clubs, it is expected to be a busy window for the Blues as Paul Cook looks to rebuild the squad.

Town have also been linked by various outlets to Accrington Stanley striker Colbey Bishop and Hull City midfelder Richie Smallwood as well as a trio of Sunderland players.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's Caoimhin Kelleher is reportedly on Cook's list of goalkeeping targets.

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