Ipswich set to beat Blackpool to signature of Crawley striker Barnett
Ipswich are set to pip Championship rivals Blackpool as the race to sign highly-rated Crawley Town striker Tyrone Barnett hots up ahead of the transfer deadline.
The Seasiders have had a bid of nearly 1million accepted by the League Two outfit, who only plucked the 26-year-old goal ace from Macclesfield in a 150,000 deal last summer.
But Barnett has turned down a switch to Blackpool and is understood to favour a move to Portman Road, which has prompted Jewell to firm up his interest after an initial enquiry earlier this week.
Pip: Ipswich are looking to beat Blackpool to Tyrone Barnett (right)
Former West Brom youngster Barnett’s stock has risen considerably as a result of his 13 goals in 29 games this season for promotion-chasing Crawley.
Barnett is one of several players being chased by Jewell as he looks to steer Ipswich to safety after a disastrous form slump.
The Tractor Boys, who hover just one place above the drop zone after taking a mere eight points from 15 games, have also targeted the Portsmouth trio of Jason Pearce, Joel Ward and Marko Futacs.
Target: Portsmouth's Marko Futacs is an Ipswich target
A move for Crewe youngster Nick Powell, 17, looks to be dead but Ipswich are competing with Brighton and several other clubs for 19-year-old defender Murray Wallace, who plays for Scottish First Division side Falkirk.
Jewell said: 'Obviously we know the transfer deadline is approaching and we’d like to have some new faces here before the West Ham game next Tuesday.
'But we will have to wait and see what happens. Signing a player now, any player, is so complicated – and so frustrating.'