Jim Magilton has claimed that Ipswich Town had a deal in place to bring Seamus Coleman to Portman Road before Everton came in and made an improved offer for him, believing that the Tractor Boys would have had him in their ranks but for the Toffees.
Coleman has proven a revelation over the course of the past 12 months as he has become one of the most devastating full-backs in the Premier League and an integral part of the Everton side that came so very close to securing Champions League qualification last season, earning himself a bumper new five-year deal at Goodison Park.
He netted the opening goal in Everton’s draw with Arsenal at Goodison on Sunday and has become one of the most valuable players in the Toffees’ squad after being picked up for a measly £60,000 from Sligo Rovers, representing one of the great bargains of the Premier League era.
Ipswich on the other hand have become a regular fixture in the Championship over the past few years as their promotion plans have repeatedly proven underwhelming, and former manager Magilton has claimed that they were tantalisingly close to being the side that benefited from his talents, with a deal having been agreed for him to move to Portman Road before the intervention of Everton.
Amazing ITFC had agreed a deal of £50k for Seamus Coleman from Sligo Rovers when Everton came looking- and the rest is history as they say!!
— jim magilton (@magilton7) August 23, 2014
Seamus Coleman created 45 chances for Everton last season, assisting two goals.
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