Ipswich court Cardiff's Kennedy

24 July 2010 11:08
Cardiff City defender Mark Kennedy is poised to sign for Championship rivals Ipswich Town.The 34-year-old is understood to be at Portman Road this weekend undergoing a medical, with a view to a transfer thought to be worth close to £75,000. [LNB]Kennedy, who won 34 Republic of Ireland caps, is primarily a left-back but can also operate at the heart of defence. [LNB]"He was offered a two-year contract at Ipswich, I was offered money [transfer fee]," Cardiff boss Dave Jones said. [LNB]"I sat down with him, we've only offered him a year... he's 34, is he going to play all the games, is it down to me to find others, yes. [LNB]"It's good business for us and it's been good business for him." [LNB]Any fee for Kennedy is likely to go towards paying off the outstanding sum owed to Motherwell for Paul Quinn. [LNB]This week the Scottish club claimed that they were still owed the balance - thought to be around £100,000 - from the Scotland Under-21 defender's move to south Wales in July 2009. [LNB]Motherwell had expected the outstanding monies to have been paid by last January, a situation that Cardiff City chief executive Gethin Jenkins said they were "working to resolve... as soon as possible". [LNB]Cardiff face a winding-up order at the High Court on 11 August over an unpaid PAYE tax bill owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which stands at £1.3m. [LNB] I've just read that Mark Kennedy is in Town having a medical. Surely he's far too old to be a good addition benjameen The club released a statement earlier this month saying they had paid off one month of the bill but did not indicate whether the winding up order is still in place. [LNB]Cardiff also remain under a transfer embargo as the club has yet to lodge year-end accounts for May 2009. [LNB]That situation saw star striker Michael Chopra this week threaten to quit the Bluebirds if they do not start to strengthen the squad before the start of the season. [LNB]Former Newcastle and Sunderland frontman Chopra has also been linked with a move to Ipswich, as has another Cardiff defender, Gabor Gyepes. [LNB]Kennedy will become Ipswich manager Roy Keane's second signing of the summer, following midfielder Conor Hourihane into Portman Road. [LNB]If the paperwork goes through in time, Kennedy could make his debut in friendly matches next week at either Leiston on Tuesday or Bury Town on Wednesday. [LNB]Kennedy is likely to battle it out for the Ipswich left-back position with Shane O'Connor.

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