Back in June, several reports from the Portuguese media highlighted Ipswich Town’s interest in Fotis Ioannidis.

That’s because Sporting had also been battling for the Panathinaikos player, and with English clubs often having good financial conditions, the newly promoted side seemed like a threat.

The Lions continue to struggle to find a deal with the Greek club, and as newspaper Record today shares a story on the situation, they actually place Ipswich out of the race.

The reason for that is the signing of Liam Delap, with reports from the English media now sounding sure that he’s leaving Manchester City to move to Portman Road this summer.

Record recalls that Ipswich had offered nearly €18m for Ioannidis, plus €6m in bonuses, but now with Delap guaranteed, they’re expected to step out of the race for the Greek player.

That may seem like an open path for Sporting, but their pursuit is still hard, as they’re expected to use the striker’s help to try to convince Panathinaikos. The Greek side are claimed to be demanding between €25m and €30m for the transfer.