An update has emerged regarding Ipswich’s interest in Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown.
According to Football League World, Paul Cook’s side have joined a number of clubs in the race to land the centre-back this month.
The report claims that Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Barnlsey have also enquired over a potential deal for the defender, although it remains to be seen whether or not Cardiff are willing to cash in on him.
Ipswich could land their next Luke Chambers by securing a deal for Brown this summer. The Blues parted ways with the 35-year-old after nine years of service from the defender at the end of last season, having played an incredible 396 competitive games with the club.
He joined the Tractor Boys from Championship side Nottingham Forest in 2012 and went on to become a mainstay in the team for the best part of a decade. This is where there could be similarities to be drawn with Brown. For starters, it would be a similar move in the sense that he would be arriving from a second-tier club in Cardiff, and he can play both at full-back and centre-back just as Chambers could.
At the age of 23, Brown also has the majority of his career left ahead of him. This means that, like Chambers had been, he could be Ipswich’s starting centre-back for the next 10 years if he is able to maintain his consistency and avoid injury.
Speaking to The Daily Record, his one-time Livingston manager David Martindale hailed the defender’s intelligence, saying: “He is a massive player for us and he is a great lad around the place.
“Ciaron has got a very good football brain. When I ask him to do a job, he knows what to do and nine times out of ten he will make the right decision.”
The centre-back averaged a solid SofaScore rating of 6.95 in the Scottish Premiership for Livingston before returning to Wales and averaging 6.78 in the Championship. This shows that he has the quality to be a good option in the Scottish top flight and the second tier in England, as he was able to consistently perform for both Livingston and Cardiff, with Martindale emphasising that point.
Therefore, Ipswich CEO Mark Ashton must work hard to ensure that he can beat the likes of Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Blackburn to Brown’s signature. If he can snap up the 23-year-old, it could lead to their next Chambers coming through the door, as he could thrive in League One having proven that he can perform at a higher level and has potential to improve further at his young age.
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