Hurst’s optimism over Ipswich men is double transfer blow for Birmingham

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has expressed his desire to ward off interest from Birmingham City for both Martyn Waghorn and Bartosz Bialkowski, according to the Birmingham Mail.

What’s the story, then?

Garry Monk is looking to put together a squad capable of a play-off push despite the EFL transfer embargo that has been placed on them and the Ipswich duo are reportedly targets.

However, Hurst has said that it would take a huge offer to lure former Rangers man Waghorn away from Portman Road ahead of the former Shrewsbury boss’ first season in charge.

Further, the situation with Polish goalkeeper Bialkowski is reportedly less certain as he is currently away from the club but Hurst has said that he hopes he is closer to keeping the man who is Monk’s top goalkeeping transfer target at the club.

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Bialkowski is more important than Waghorn

While Waghorn enjoyed an impressive season for a dour Tractor Boys side last season, Monk will be looking for slightly more inspiration in forward areas than what he can provide.

On the other hand, Monk is willing to let David Stockdale and Thomasz Kusczack leave St Andrew’s so needs a reliable, experienced goalkeeper between the sticks.

That means that the pursuit of Bialkowski is the one with greater priority for Monk and the one he must get over the line. That makes Hurst’s optimism more worrying.