Jewell Not Hopeful Over Duo

  • Last Updated: January 11 2012, 15:35 GMT

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has admitted the chances of landing influential duo Danny Collins and fellow former loanee Keith Andrews appear slim.

Collins: Impressive spell at Portman Road

Jewell is keen to sign both players on permanent deals having seen them play important roles for the Suffolk club over the first half of the season before returning to Stoke and Blackburn respectively.

The pair have been heavily linked with January moves away from their parent clubs, but Jewell has revealed centre-back Collins is unlikely to end up at Portman Road.

"I spoke to Tony Pulis (Stoke boss) last week and I think Danny's looking for something local to where he is," Jewell told skysports.com. "His wife's just had a baby and he's settled in that area, so I think his family situation is dictating that. But again, that could change later in the window."

Regarding a swoop for influential midfielder Andrews, he added: "I spoke to Keith's agent on Friday. He's got a lot of interest from Premier League sides and the problem is that because it's so early in the window they probably don't want to dive in to the first thing on offer.

"You've seen it before, in the last few days of the window some stuff comes out of left field. We'd like to bring Keith Andrews here, we really would. Keith did really well and he knows that we like him."