Ipswich planning summer transfer raid on Portsmouth for free-scoring forward Colby Bishop.. but on one condition

IPSWICH are keeping an eye on Portsmouth striker Colby Bishop and want him if they reach the Championship.

Bishop, 26, is one of the most respected forwards in League One and would be keen on a step up.

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Bishop has been in good form for Pompey this season.

The striker has scored 18 goals in 37 League One appearances.

Only Conor Chaplin has scored more than him for Ipswich this season.

The Tractor Boys have been spending heavily already and would find more funds if they can return to the second tier.

The club currently sit third in the third division, three points off the top of the table.

However, they have played two more games than league leaders Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich are 15 points clear of dropping out of the playoff spots

Meanwhile, former Ipswich owner Marcus Evans wants to buy another club — and a handful are available.

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The English businessman purchased an 87.5 per cent controlling stake in Ipswich in December 2007 and took over as chairman from David Sheepshanks in May 2009.

But he failed in his mission to get Town back to the Premier League.