Ipswich Town transfer targets summer 2024: Tractor Boys agree £15m fee for Man City prodigy

With two star signings already confirmed, Ipswich Town mean business on their return to the Premier League. The Blues' business is far from done, though, with more moves expected.

Promising a ‘methodical' but ‘brave and bold' approach, the Tractor Boys’ hierarchy are in no doubt as to the scale of the task ahead of them, but they are undoubtedly determined to make the most of their return to the top flight after 22 years away.

Ipswich Town transfer targets – latest rumours

Ipswich have arguably made their most important signing of the summer already, with LMA Manager of the Year winner Kieran McKenna extending his contract at Portman Road, after resisting the lure of Stamford Bridge.
Ipswich transfer targets
Current club
Estimated fee

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jaden Philogene

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Hull City

€15m

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jacob Greaves

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Hull City

€15m

🇳🇱 Jayden Oosterwolde

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Fenerbahce

€13m

🇨🇮 Cédric Kipré

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Free agent

€2.5m

🇬🇷 Fotis Ionnadis

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Panathinaikos

€13m

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Emile Smith Rowe

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Arsenal

€22m

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Liam Delap

Manchester City

€8m

Hot rumours

Jaden Philogene lit up the Championship… could he do the same in the Premier League? – Photo by Icon Sport

Jaden Philogene

According to The Athletic, Ipswich have agreed a stunning double deal for Hull City duo Jaden Philogene and Jacob Greaves.

The agreed package is around £35m, plus add-ons.

Philogene had a breakout season in east Yorkshire, scoring 12 and assisting 6 in 28 appearances after joining from Aston Villa's academy last summer.

A tricky winger, blessed with skill and speed, with the ability to contribute with either foot, Philogene would add a lot to the Ipswich attack.

Philogene could form a potent creative partnership with Omari Hutchinson, and at just 22, would also have significant resale value.

Aston Villa have complicated matters somewhat by matching Ipswich's offer using a clause in last summer's agreement with Hull, but the winger is still expected to undergo a medical with Ipswich soon.

Jacob Greaves

The other half of Ipswich's proposal is promising centre-back Greaves.

Ipswich did superbly well to gain promotion, but only had the seventh-best defence in the Championship. That will need tightening up to survive the harsh realities of the Premier League.

Greaves enjoyed a superb campaign for the Tigers, as they only just missed out on promotion.

As well as being a solid defender, the 23-year-old is superb in possession, with a cultured left foot that would suit McKenna’s attacking system.

Like Philogene, Greaves is set for a medical before the deal is sealed.

Jayden Oosterwolde is admired in the Premier League – Photo by imago

Jayden Oosterwolde

Alternatively, InsideFutbol report that Ipswich are among a clutch of Premier League clubs enquiring after Fenerbahce defender Jayden Oosterwolde.

The Dutchman impressed for the Turkish giants this summer, as they finished second in their domestic league.

Oosterwolde is an archetypal modern defender. He is physically imposing, front-footed in the challenge, and good on the ball. As a left-footer, he offers valuable passing angles from the back too.

The defender would represent something of a departure from Ipswich’s previous transfer policy, which has largely focussed on acquisitions within the EFL.

Cédric Kipré

Ipswich will be looking to take advantage of market opportunities to strengthen their squad, and they don’t come much clearer than Cédric Kipré.

The 26-year-old Ivorian defender was West Bromwich Albion’s player of the season, as they finished in the playoffs. The Baggies also had the third-best defence in the Championship last season.

But with Kipré’s contract expiring, the Tractor Boys have the opportunity to snag a quality defender for no up-front cost. They will have to fight off interest from the likes of Trabzonspor and Strasbourg, but this could be a real no-brainer for Ipswich.

Fotis Ioannidis would add quality to Ipswich's attack – Photo by Icon Sport

Fotis Ioannidis

Despite their red-hot attack last season, Ipswich are under no illusions that they will have to step up another level in the top flight. One attacking upgrade being eyed by the Tractor Boys is Panathinaikos forward Fotis Iaonnidis.

Fabrizio Romano has already reported that Ipswich have had a “€25m package” turned down, but they are expected to return with an improved bid for the Greek international.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a superb season, scoring 20 and assisting a further seven in 34 appearances, including five in the Europa League.

Ioannidis would add quality to the Blues’ frontline, but they will face serious competition from the likes of Girona, Bologna, Lazio and Sporting CP, many of whom can offer European football.

It may also be a financial bridge too far to sign both Ioannidis and Hutchinson.

Emile Smith Rowe could reignite his career at Portman Road – Photo by imago

Emile Smith Rowe

Finally, a dream signing for Ipswich could be Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe, who is believed to be available this summer.

According to well-placed Arsenal insider @teamnewsandtix, the Tractor Boys are keen on the England international.

Smith Rowe was superb for Arsenal in 2021/22, and was key in turning Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal tenure around at its lowest ebb.

But in the last two years, the 23-year-old has become a forgotten man, as he has suffered from injury. Arsenal’s system evolved during his time on the treatment table.

Smith Rowe’s best football has come on the left of a 4-2-3-1, with the freedom to go inside and a marauding full-back alongside him.

If the attacker did move to Portman Road, he would be a good fit alongside Leif Davis. Smith Rowe would not come cheap though, with Arsenal expected to demand £30m for their number 10.

Liam Delap

McKenna clearly watched a lot of Hull City last season, as the Tractor Boys have agreed a deal to sign another of their 2023/24 squad, Liam Delap.

The 21-year-old striker scored eight goals last season, but is considered a top talent. A Manchester City academy product, Delap spent last season on loan with Hull.

Delap was a goal machine at youth level, scoring 32 in 32 Premier League 2 appearances as well as notching up eight assists.

According to the Athletic, Ipswich have agreed a £15m deal for Delap, which is expected to be completed soon.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.