Ipswich Town boss quiet on Billy Sharp move

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has distanced himself from reports that he is set to make an approach for Doncaster striker Billy Sharp  .

Jewell made unsuccessful bids for Sharp, 25, and his midfield team-mate James Coppinger in the summer,  and they will line up against Town on Saturday.

"They're both good players and we're always looking to improve our squad," he told BBC Radio Suffolk .

"But I don't think it's right for us to comment on other teams' players."

BILLY SHARP

Sharp's league goalscoring record with Doncaster is almost one in every two games. He has hit the net 33 times in 70 appearances

Earlier in the year Rovers chairman John Ryan rejected a double approach from Ipswich - a £2.3m offer for Sharp and £300,000 for 30-year-old Coppinger.

"It's well documented we bid for the two of them," Jewell continued. "We couldn't prise them away because the chairman didn't want to sell them.

"They put money on their heads that we thought was silly. So we never discussed terms with the players.

"They're Doncaster Rovers players and they're fully committed to Doncaster."

Meanwhile, Jewell could be without five first-team players when Doncaster make the trip to Portman Road.

Midfielder Lee Bowyer (back) and defenders Ibrahima Sonko (hamstring and tonsillitis) and Damien Delaney (foot stress fracture) are definitely sidelined.

Strikers Nathan Ellington (calf) and Daryl Murphy (hamstring) are also doubts.