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Would Stearman favour a move to Ipswich?

Would Stearman favour a move to Ipswich?

Richard Stearman is determined to battle for his place at Wolves but could he have his head turned by Ipswich?

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell is reportedly planning a £1million bid for the defender.

With the signing of Roger Johnson, Stears has obviously dropped down the pecking order.

So would he favour a move to get regular first team football, or would he prefer to stay?

An interview with WOW would suggest he is happy to fight for his place and with him being quite versatile, capable of filling in at right back and centre half he does provide some useful options in a 25-man squad.

'It's going to be a big fight for the shirts at the start of the season and indeed throughout the season,' he told Wolves Official Website.

He added: 'Hopefully I can perform well and manage to take one of those shirts.

'I've played at right back and centre back over the last couple of seasons and I think it's sometimes good to prove your value to the team if you can play in different positions.

'I'm happy to play in either position when required and it's the old saying about not minding as long as you are on that teamsheet!'

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Date:Friday July 29 2011
Time: 11:05AM


I've usually taken a negative view of Stearman, basically because he makes mistakes, loses concentration and gives away unnecessary fouls, often reckless ones and in dangerous positions. He would certainly get more time on the pitch at Portman Road. And yet, I would be unhappy to see him go. Apart from his utility value, which could prove crucial, if we do not sign any more defenders and injuries take their toll, I have this crazy belief that he might mature and eliminate his bad habits. He has all the essential attributes to become a top class defender: he has physical presence, is young and is still improving. He is quick, tackles well and is good on the counter-attack. He also scores goals. But can he reform?
29/07/2011 11:51:00
Spot on. I have on repeated occasions over looked his sometimes ridiculous errors, which more often than not occur in dangerous positions his finger bounces off the panic button but he has all the attributes of a very good player. I would want at least double the figure that has been mentioned (I really don't know where some rags think up their valuations of players) but even then we would not be able to bring in anyone better. As Banks says, his versatility could prove crucial as the season unfolds and we lose players to injuery. For a time there he and Berra were developing a fairly impressive pairing but put two error prone players side by side and yes, you are going to get double the trouble. My concern is that Berra is the one being paired with Johnson which above anything else leans toward a fairly obvious grooming when in reality we should be signing another to play alongside Johnson- he is going to have to prove something special if he is expected to shore up such a rickety back line; I don't think one player, no matter how good he is can transform a back four. Just like Jody Craddock has bounced back more times than, well... one of those bouncy balls, Stears has managed similar. With age on his side I think he can still have an important future and we should keep him. At most I would let him go out on loan, if by some miracle we have signed two new defenders but even then, after two years in the Premiership what is he going to learn by dropping down a division? Right, I am off to work where I will try to think of things that bounce in impressive fashion.
New York City Wolf
29/07/2011 15:05:00
What about a Sunday Sport babe running the 100 metres?
29/07/2011 15:49:00
... in slow motion play-back!
29/07/2011 15:51:00
Only think about this that makes it sound utterly ridiculous is they offer 1 million when he cost us the same amount , so do players with 2 years prem experience go for 1 million these days ?? , Tell Ipswich 3-4 million and they can have him !
29/07/2011 18:01:00
oddjob does it really matter stearman after 2 years in prem has been found not good enough if we take last season we let more goals in than the season before. If we got 10m for stearman hahaha would we buy any body better i think wolves and moxey would try to do every thing as to not pay out for the fee or wages to get better players in.RJ was brill signing but where are the rest of the signings. If we take mm at his word we have signed 1 player and this is from a club that finished17th last season and were going to improve please someone tell me im wrong all replys welcome
29/07/2011 23:27:00
Of course Stearman wont be sold for £1M he is worth at least three times that amount plus we will need him next season. I dont understand why Mick does not give him the spot alongside Johnson rather than give it to the shirt-tugging Berra.
29/07/2011 23:41:00
I can't be bothered to check but I am pretty sure it was the local rag that mentioned a million which is typical- same as Milijias, according to the 'Star' is somehow only worth half what we paid for him- how could anyone reach that conclusion. No one at the club ever mentioned selling Milijias; the player himself said he was perfectly happy at the club and will be doing everything he can to get more games next season- tack on to that the fact Mick has been using him a fair bit in the warm up games; hopefully he will enjoy more game time next season. The Stears situation seems much the same. Jewell says he has not asked about the player. Last week Stearman was talking about the increased competition and his will to fight for his place. It's a nothing story. Anyway, about that Sunday Sport 'article.'
New York City Wolf
30/07/2011 18:54:00
Yes he has struggled but he has also played very well in some games too so he proven he can play at this level , to say he was a right back for Leicester and marked some of the best strikers in the world at centre back and on the odd occasion got the better of them speaks volumes about the kid , but yeah of course hes only worth a million ! , Doyle ran Vidic ragged at Molineux , does that mean Vidic is worth 10 million and not 20 like we all know he is ? , Its laughable that a kid like Wickham who has done nothing in the game is sold for 8 million but a defender with 30 prem games under his belt is only worth a million ? , Ipswich ( if they have actually bidd which i doubt ) need to realise there own game and thats if they sell someone way over the odds they must be prepared to pay over the odds themselves !
30/07/2011 22:09:00
Oh and from reports Wolves line up against Ipswich was De Vries , Foley Ward Zubar Craddock Davis Hamill Milijas Griffiths Keogh and Blake , And it was pretty even , Ipswich maybe getting the better of the game , Bowyer was very good but was playing against young Danny Davis so no wonder Ipswich had the better of the opening hour , But then our big boys came on and we won 2-1 through Hunt n Blake ( Pen which he earned himself ) , Subs in the last half hour onwards were O'Hara Berra Johnson Kightly Stearman Fletcher Henry Hunt Elokobi , Doyle and Hennessey not used , No Jarvo again due to a sore groin , will be missing for a few days as a precautionary , No Edwards n Guiedioura again though as still injured
30/07/2011 22:16:00
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