REPORT: Ipswich Town Winger Wanted by Oxford United and Sunderland

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OXFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Gwion Edwards of Ipswhich Town is challenged by Josh Ruffels of Oxford United during the Sky Bet Leauge One match between Oxford United and Ipswich Town at Kassam Stadium on January 14, 2020 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Several League One clubs are reportedly keen on Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards.

Ipswich Town Winger Wanted by Oxford United and Sunderland

League One Rivals Challenge Town for Edwards

The Welshman made 35 appearances for Town last season, scoring twice.

He was included among a number of players who had his contract extended by 12 months.

But Football Insider (via East Anglian Daily Times) say that the winger is a target for Oxford United and Sunderland.

Edwards joined in the summer of 2018 under then-manager Paul Hurst for £700,000.

When football was suspended in March, Edwards told the EADT: “I’m settled here and would like to stay. My ambition is to play again in the Championship and I know the club want to get back there as soon as they can too.

“There hasn’t been any talk yet about it. We’ve just been concentrating on the games and we’ll deal with the contract situation nearer the time.

“The club have the one-year option and I think they have until the third Saturday in May, or something like that, to decide if they want to trigger it.”

Would Gwion Edwards Fit at Oxford or Sunderland?

A move away from Ipswich Town would seem a strange move for Edwards.

The Welshman has been a regular fixture within the Town squad this season, albeit struggling with form.

Deployed more commonly as a right-winger, Edwards’ only goals came against Blackpool and relegated Bolton Wanderers.

Town failed in their hunt for a playoff spot this season, along with Sunderland; Oxford, meanwhile, achieved a fourth-place finish.

During his first season as a Blue, Edwards had a mixed campaign as Town were relegated from the Championship.

Having arrived as a left-winger, Edwards found himself moved onto the right with Alan Judge preferred on the left side.

His style of play – direct running and off-the-ball positioning – excited supporters but form dipped when Paul Lambert replaced Hurst, and a groin injury further hindered playing opportunities.

His performances this season have improved but, again, injuries hampered his consistency.

A move to Oxford United, if promoted, would seem a fairly large step given he was unable to regularly contribute towards goals and assists.

Similarly a switch to Sunderland, given the pressure the fans put on the club to succeed, could also prove a difficult task.

For that reason, to protect his reputation and to allow him to establish himself more, a longer stay at Town would seem most reasonable.

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