Reports: Stoke and Birmingham linked with moves for Jackson

Stoke City and Birmingham City are reportedly interested in signing Town forward Kayden Jackson.

Speculation over the future of the Town striker has been growing over the last month or so after Jackson turned down a new deal with Town.

According to Football Insider, the Championship duo join recently promoted Coventry City and League One’s Peterborough United in showing an interest in the 26-year-old.

Despite the former Accrington man turning down a new deal, there is no rush to sell last season’s joint top scorer as Town hold an option to extend his deal beyond next summer until 2022.

“At the end of the day, I’m an Ipswich player and I’ve got a contract here for potentially another two years,” Jackson told iFollow Ipswich recently.

“For me, it’s all about concentrating on the football and the season ahead.

“Whatever is going on is separate to everything. I don’t really deal too much on that side, it’s down to the agent. Last season was a massive disappointment for all of us. I’m just looking to improve on what I did and hopefully we can get the end result that we want.”

Jackson featured in more games than any other Town player, scoring an unbeaten 11 goals while registering seven assists, a record he hopes to improve on in the upcoming season.

“The goals and assists that I contributed to; a lot of people would be happy with that with it ending early,” he continued.

“I always think that I can improve. I feel like I should’ve had more goals, I should’ve had more assists. Obviously, that would’ve helped the team finish higher in the league.

“Regardless of the early finish, on the back of the disappointment we would’ve had that hunger. Maybe for some people it’s good to calm down the frustration we had but for me it’s just about getting back into it, whether that’s pre-season games or when the season starts.”

Meanwhile, Ben Morris faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing his cruciate ligament in training last week.

The 21-year-old striker returned to action at the start of this year after missing most of 2019 with the same injury to his left knee.

“Ben has sadly re-torn his cruciate ligament,” Town physio Matt Byard told the Club website.

“He is seeing a specialist next week and we will take it from there but obviously it will mean an extensive recovery period.”

Elsewhere, former Town striker Jordan Roberts has joined Scottish Championship side Hearts on a two-year deal.

Roberts, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Gillingham, joined Town on a free transfer from Crawley in 2018 and scored three goals in 17 appearances for the Blues.

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