Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ipswich swoop for Macedonian star

Macedonia midfielder Velice Sumulikoski has joined Ipswich Town from Turkish club Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee, subject to a work permit.

The 26-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Portman Road after impressing during a trial.

"Velice has come in and made an immediate impression," Ipswich boss Jim Magilton told the club's website.

"He's slipped under the radar and we have have managed to pick him up. We are delighted to have him here."

Sumulikoski made his debut for Macedonia in 2002 and twice played against England in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

The player, who has been capped 48 times by his country, started his career at NK Publikum and had spells with Slovacko and Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg before joining Bursaspor in 2006.

He recently had a trial at Blackburn, who were reportedly interested in signing him.

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