The rumours of striker Michael Chopra signing for Ipswich Town from Cardiff City have been prominent throughout the summer. Now the new season is underway, is the deal any nearer and what will the Tractor Boys be getting for their money? Michael Chopra (born in Newcastle, 23 December 1983) attended Gosforth High School, who note among their famous ex pupils none other than Alan Shearer. His goal scoring exploits soon alerted his hometown club and he signed professional forms in 2000. In six seasons, he made 21 appearances and scored just once. He was loaned out to Watford, Nottingham Forest and latterly Barnsley where he netted an impressive 17 times in 39 appearances. In 2006, in an attempt to play 1st team football, he was sold to Cardiff City for £500,000. In July 2007 after keeping up an impressive scoring record at Ninian Park, Sunderland agreed an unpopular deal with many of their faithful, worth up to £5 million, to return the 5ft 9in striker to his native north-east on a 4 year contract. In 39 outings he only managed to find the net 8 times and spent 2 periods back in Cardiff on loan before returning permanently for a fee of £3 million. With his impressive scoring record at Championship level, he would obviously be a major asset to the Portman Road strike force, but Ipswich will not be held to ransom and with Cardiff stalling at £2.5 million, a deal looks a good way off.