The January transfer window has only been open five days and already Kieffer Moore’s future has turned into a saga.
There have been bids, rumoured bids and withdrawals, with a number of clubs in the race to sign the Ipswich striker.
Here’s a rundown of the all the clubs involved and their situation.
Town boss Mick McCarthy has said that the club will be selling Moore and that he wants to go. He is unsure whether a bid has been accepted but expects the deal to be done soon.
“I’m not sure if we have accepted a bid,” said McCarthy. “Kieffer trained with us yesterday (Thursday), but his head’s not really here.
“He doesn’t want to be on the bench. He sees his future elsewhere and I’m cool with that. It will all be decided in the next few days.”
? “He’s made a name for himself and now he wants to move and play regular football.”
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) January 5, 2018
The Millers were among the first ones to lodge a bid and fancied their chances of getting him. Their offer is undisclosed but believed to be close to a club-record. Boss Paul Warne has always said Moore wanted to return to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, but that now appears unlikely.
Rotherham’s recent nemesis in the transfer window look like striking again. Reports surfaced late last night that Moore had a medical at Oakwell ahead of a £750,000 move – a deal that would earn the striker a hefty wage. The move is not thought to be that advanced but a different part of South Yorkshire looks like being Moore’s likeliest destination at this stage.
Peterborough were the early frontrunners to land Moore after they agreed a fee with Ipswich. However, Darragh MacAnthony revealed on Twitter that they had withdrawn from the race as it would be too expensive.
Was with Ipswich but we don’t pay players nearly 5 figures per week in wages which is what he’s getting at new club he is going to??. We are Peterborough United not Man United ?. Good luck to the fella. https://t.co/Bs5MfjMnau
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) January 4, 2018
Bradford co-owner Edin Rahic confirmed on Thursday that his club had made a “substantial” offer for Moore. However, Rahic also said that the club would not break their wage structure for him striker.
He said: “It would be stupid if you weren’t in for Kieffer Moore.
“We’ve made an offer and think it was a very good offer, a substantial offer, and we’ll wait. We wouldn’t offer anything disrespectful to Ipswich Town.
“There is a lot of interest and that’s the reason you have to keep cool. We are still League One and you also have to find a way not to upset our own players.”