Ipswich Town standing firm in West Ham transfer battle
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Ipswich Town standing firm in West Ham transfer battle

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West Ham United are interested in signing Ipswich Town left-back, who had a great season with the Tractor Boys.

With manager David Moyes leaving at the end of the season, some may ask if he is still on the Irons’ radar. However, targets are identified by recruitment teams and those working behind the scenes.
Davis might be a great addition at full-back because Ben Johnson is expected to leave the London Stadium when his contract expires this summer.

At the beginning of what will be a new chapter for the team after their current manager’s tenure ends, the Irons’ owners might be eager to support Moyes’ successor in the transfer market this summer.

And they could back their next manager, who will be Julen Lopetegui, by securing a transfer agreement for Davis.

The ex-Leeds United man was nothing short of exceptional for the Tractor Boys last season, making the step up to the Championship seamlessly and playing a huge part in guiding the club to back-to-back promotions with his contributions in the final third

He may have been caught out at the back at times, notably in Ipswich’s home clash against Southampton not so long ago, but he has been much more of an asset than a liability during his time at Portman Road.

The left-back still has two years left on his deal, with his contract extension option in mind.

If Ipswich are unable to tie the player down to a contract by the time his deal expires in 2025, it seems inevitable that the Tractor Boys will activate the option to extend his terms by a further 12 months.

However, the fact he hasn’t got even longer left on his contract means there’s probably a ceiling on the amount they will be able to demand for the defender.

Although they could still secure a decent fee for him, Ipswich will be wary about the fact he won’t have long left on his deal in 12 months, which would reduce his valuation considerably.

That wariness could work in the Irons’ favour this summer.

If Ipswich had stayed in the second division, it wouldn’t have been shocking if they were obliged to cash in on the defender given his contract predicament.
In Davis’ case, however, a promotion may change everything for the Tractor Boys.
Given that the 24-year-old is unlikely to press for a move away from Suffolk, interested clubs may be less inclined to make a bid at this time.
The left-back may not get the chance to play frequently in the top division at many other elite clubs, but he will most likely get it at Portman Road.

Because of this, he will surely want to stay put, and that may deter other teams from making offers for him.

Not only has promotion reduced the chances of Davis trying to push for a move away, but it may also increase the Tractor Boys’ chances of tying the player down to a new contract.

Now is the right time for Ipswich to tie the player down and with the club now competing in the top flight, it would be difficult to see why the full-back wouldn’t want to put pen to paper on fresh terms.

In addition to perhaps helping him financially, it would provide him more assurance about his future because the Tractor Boys would probably be able to offer him a significant pay increase if he gets promoted.

In the event that he signs a new contract, his value will increase even further, which would enable McKenna’s team to drive West Ham away from a move for the 24-year-old.

 

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