Leeds United: Hunt completes loan move to Ipswich Town UPDATED

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Noel Hunt today joined Ipswich Town on loan.

The former Republic of Ireland striker finalised his loan in Suffolk this morning, a move which will keep him at Portman Road until the turn of the year and is likely to become permanent in the January transfer window.

Ipswich, who are fourth in the Championship, made an unexpected bid for Hunt yesterday and expect to seal his temporary arrival before today’s 5pm emergency loan deadline.

Hunt has not played for Leeds since the opening week of the season and last featured in a matchday squad during United’s League Cup first-round win over Accrington Stanley.

The 31-year-old has struggled for form ever since his move from Reading 18 months ago and he has failed to score for Leeds in 22 competitive appearances.

His two-year contract expires next summer and he looks unlikely to play for the club again with his move to Ipswich pending.

Hunt’s brother Stephen is part of the squad at Portman Road and Ipswich are in firm contention for an automatic promotion place after a strong start to the term.

Leeds will travel to Portman Road a week on Saturday, though the terms of Hunt’s loan should prevent him from playing in that match.

His departure from Leeds would be the second in 24 hours after Nicky Ajose completed a temporary switch to Crewe Alexandra yesterday afternoon.

Ajose has joined Crewe – League One’s bottom club – until January 5, just four months after Leeds paid £150,000 to take him from Peterborough United.

Ajose featured in the opening stages of United’s season under former head coach David Hockaday but has been surplus to requirements ever since Hockaday’s dismissal on August 28.

The 23-year-old remains under contract until 2017.

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