Friend wanted by Ipswich

George Friend is in talks with Middlesbrough.
George Friend is in talks with Middlesbrough.

IPSWICH Town have entered the race to sign George Friend.

The Tractor Boys reportedly made their move for the 24-year-old on Wednesday afternoon, according to sources in East Anglia.

Middlesbrough agreed a fee for Friend - thought to be in the region of £250,000 - last week and the player held talks on Teesside on Saturday.

But Friend is keeping his options open and may prefer a move closer to his Devon roots.

The former Exeter and Wolves defender sees a switch to Boro as a great opportunity to move to a club with a realistic chance of reaching the Premier League.

But Ipswich also tick that box - while Friend could also be holding out for former boss Sean O’Driscoll to make a move for him after he became the new Nottingham Forest manager last week.

Dean Saunders sparked a bidding war of sorts for Friend on Saturday when he revealed he expected more clubs to match Boro’s bid.