‘Playing for Ipswich would have soured wonderful memories’ - former Norwich man Jerome not keen on Town move

PUBLISHED: 12:12 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 29 August 2018

Korey Smith of Bristol City and Cameron Jerome of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Ashton Gate, Bristol
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Korey Smith of Bristol City and Cameron Jerome of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Ashton Gate, Bristol Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 07/03/2017

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Ipswich Town did enquire about the availability of Derby striker Cameron Jerome but the striker has opted against exploring a potential move due to his connections with rivals Norwich.

The Blues are after a loan striker prior to Friday’s deadline and were one of a number of clubs linked with Jerome, who played for the Canaries for three-and-a-half years before joining Derby in January.

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It is understood Jerome is set to move overseas before the deadline, while QPR, Hull, Blackburn and Reading have also been linked, with the striker’s affinity with Norwich a reason why an offer from Ipswich was not entertained.

Jerome’s agent, Eric Walters, said: “Cameron has decided on going elsewhere because of his association with the Norwich faithful, whose company on a Saturday afternoon he thoroughly enjoyed.

“Playing for Ipswich was something that would have soured those wonderful memories but I thank Ipswich Town and Mr Evans for his interest.”

Jerome scored 42 goals in 138 games for the Canaries, including one in the play-off semi-final second leg against the Blues at Carrow Road in May 2015.

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He subsequently scored in the Wembley final which followed, helping take the Canaries to the Premier League, while he also found the net in the 1-1 draw at Portman Road in August 2016.

He has not featured for the Rams this season.

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