By Wayne Veysey

10th Aug, 2020 | 2:57pm

Exclusive: Stoke City, Birmingham City & Coventry City race to sign Ipswich Town star man

Stoke City and Birmingham City are plotting moves to sign Kayden Jackson after he rejected the offer of a new contract at Ipswich Town, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed last month the 26-year-old has turned down a new deal ahead of the final year in his agreement.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider this has opened the door to a number of leading clubs.

Jackson is on the radar of Championship big hitters Stoke and Birmingham as well as newly-promoted second-tier outfit Coventry City.

The 26-year-old was one of Paul Lambert’s standout performers in 2019-20, with 11 goals and seven assists in 35 League One matches.

His form, which helped Ipswich to a 10th-placed finish, has attracted the attention of teams who believe that the former Accrington Stanley hitman can make the step up.

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This was a far cry from his form for the Tractor Boys during the 2018-19 campaign, 14 of which came among the starting XI, when he scored just three goals as the club were relegated.

The manager also has 2019 signings James Norwood and Will Keane to call upon up front, with the duo having scored 11 and 6 goals respectively last season.

Jackson arrived at Ipswich in a reported £1million move back in 2018 and signed a three-year deal with an additional one-year clause the club can trigger.

His move to Ipswich came after he fired Accrington Stanley to the League Two title with 16 goals.

In other news, Stoke City plan to get £10million star off the wage bill after chiefs make up minds.