Ipswich should abandon their pursuit of striker Joe Dodoo after Wigan confirmed that they have offered an extended contract to the former Rangers centre-forward.
League One outfit Wigan have named Dodoo as one of the players they are attempting to keep beyond the end of their contract this summer. Dodoo is currently set to become a free agent at the end of next month, but Wigan are now looking to tie him down to a new deal to keep him at the club heading into next season.
Football Insider have claimed that Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham are all chasing after the striker as they weigh up their options in the transfer market. Ipswich are said to be interested in the attacker to bolster their squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Wigan are keen to keep hold of Dodoo, as shown by their announcement, and this could make a transfer very difficult for Ipswich to complete. As h’es a free agent, Ipswich could negotiate directly with Dodoo and avoid paying a transfer fee for his services, but this will not be the case if he signs fresh terms with Wigan and remains a contracted player going into July.
Dodoo negotiating a new deal with Wigan makes the situation complicated and the striker is not worth the hassle for Ipswich. For starters, Dodoo has been a journeyman during his career so far; playing for Bolton, Rangers, Blackpool, Bury, Charlton, Leicester and Ankara Keciörengücü prior to his move to Wigan – all by the age of 25. He has not been able to settle down at any club, with 27 games for Bolton the most he has managed for a single side at senior level.
Paul Cook outlined his long-term ambitions to reach the Championship upon his arrival at Portman Road and signing a player who could only be in it for the short-term is a potential mistake. Cook told Ipswich’s website:
“I have been impressed by his ideas and ambitions to help take Ipswich Town forwards.
“I look forward to working with him as we strive firstly to return to the Championship.”
If Ipswich are planning for the long-term then Dodoo is not a player the club should be targeting, especially if it involves paying a fee for the £315k-rated dud.
Dodoo produced four goals and three assists in 20 League One appearances for Wigan this season. Ipswich striker James Norwood managed nine goals and three assists in 26 games, 19 starts, which suggests that Dodoo would not be an improvement on Cook’s current options even if did join Ipswich for the long haul.
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