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Ipswich Town have agreed on a club-record deal to sign Chelsea forward Omari Hutchinson for a fee that could rise to £22 million, with the move expected to be completed over the weekend. This signing marks another significant acquisition for promoted Ipswich, who have secured a key player from last season’s successful campaign in the Championship. Hutchinson, who will turn 21 in October, scored 10 league goals and became a regular starter under Kieran McKenna during the latter part of the season. He earned the title of Ipswich’s young player of the year and was recognized as one of the best wide forwards in the division.

The initial fee paid to Chelsea is believed to be £20 million. Arsenal, who allowed Hutchinson to move to Stamford Bridge two years ago after seven years in their academy, will receive a percentage of the transfer sum. This deal surpasses Ipswich’s previous record outlay of around £5 million for goalkeeper Matteo Sereni in 2001. In addition to Hutchinson’s signing, McKenna has secured a new long-term contract despite interest from Brighton, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Ipswich are also expected to sign West Ham defender Ben Johnson on a free transfer before their first top-flight season in 22 years.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have made a £30 million bid for Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and seem to be ahead of Brighton in the race to sign the 25-year-old. Dewsbury-Hall was instrumental in Leicester’s promotion under Enzo Maresca, who is now the Chelsea head coach. Chelsea might offer players to Leicester as part of the deal, while Brighton have proposed a swap deal involving Jakub Moder.

In other transfer news, Ben Godfrey has moved from Everton to Atalanta for around £10 million. The 26-year-old defender had one year left on his Everton contract but struggled for opportunities and was hampered by injuries. Godfrey, capped twice by England, opted for a move to Serie A with Atalanta, who will play in the Champions League next season. Everton expressed their gratitude for Godfrey’s service and wished him well in his future endeavors.

Wolves are holding firm on their £45 million valuation of Max Kilman, forcing West Ham to consider other defensive targets. Julen Lopetegui, Wolves’ manager, prioritizes signing a center-back and has Kilman at the top of his list. Despite West Ham’s initial bid of £30 million plus add-ons being rejected, talks have stalled. West Ham is hesitant to exceed £35 million for Kilman and may look at alternative options.

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