Ipswich Town wait on Leicester in Sean St Ledger deal

Sean St Ledger
St Ledger featured heavily in Republic of Ireland's Euro qualifying campaign

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has said Leicester have stalled on the sale of defender Sean St Ledger.

The clubs had agreed a deal for the 27-year-old, but it may be put on hold until after the Foxes' FA Cup replay with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

"Everything was agreed. I spoke to the lad and the club agreed it," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"I don't know if they've had an injury in training but the word is they want to keep him for their Cup replay."

Talking after his side's 2-1 loss at Birmingham City on Wednesday, he added: "That's as much as I know. I need to speak to [Leicester manager] Nigel Pearson in the morning."

St Ledger agreed a three-year deal with the Foxes when he joined from Preston in the summer and has made eight league starts this term.

He has failed to establish himself as a regular first-choice centre-half at the King Power Stadium and, with the European Championships this year, he will be keen to remain in the thinking of Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

Town were undone by a late Nikola Zigic strike at St Andrews and have now secured just one win their last 14 outings.

Jewell insists he is trying to bring in new faces to Portman Road but was proud of his side's showing.

"We are pursuing other players. Not just the loan market. We're trying to get players in full-time," said the former Wigan boss.

"We'll keep working but I can't ask any more of the players I had tonight. They gave everything they had."

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