Team mate backs Ipswich striker despite seeing his £7m Leicester move collapse

Leicester City

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick is 'disappointed' to have seen missed out on a £7m move to Leicester, says team mate Luke Chambers.

Leicester ran away with the Championship title last year and returned to the Premier League for the first time in ten years under the stewardship of manager Nigel Pearson. He was then backed in the transfer market as Ben Hamer, Danny Simpson, Matthew Upson, Esteban Cambiasso, Marc Albrighton, Nick Powell, Tom Lawrence and Leonardo Ulloa were all brought in as the Foxes try to stay up.

Manchester United striker Lawrence arrived late on deadline day, and it's almost certainly as he was a backup option for Leicester's top target - Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick.

The 26-year-old hitman started his career at Notts County before joining Southampton as a 16-year-old, and 15 goals for the Saints led Nottingham Forest to bring him back to the East Midlands for £1m. Thing didn't quite work out at the City Ground though, as McGoldrick scored just nine goals in 77 games for Forest before recapturing his goalscoring touch during a loan spell with Coventry, where he hit 17 goals in 25 games.

Ipswich, in need of a striker, were suitably impressed with his record in League One and snapped him up, initially on loan, and his 21 goals in 49 games have subsequently attracted interest from other clubs - with Leicester offering up to £7m to land him on deadline day, only for Tractor Boys owner Marcus Smith to turn down any deal.

Now, defender Luke Chambers says that McGoldrick is obviously disappointed to have seen the move fall apart, but he will continue to give 100% for Ipswich - even if a January move to Leicester could be back on the cards.

"For Didz, of course it’s disappointing to miss out on playing in the Premier League but he’s a down-to-earth guy and all he wants to do now is help Ipswich into the Premier League," said Chambers.

"He’s come back into training with the lads and got on with his job, just like he always does. What I do know about Didz is that whenever he steps over the white line, you won’t get a more committed player and he will be giving his all for us whenever he pulls on the blue shirt," he added.

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