IPSWICH Town have targeted out-of-contract Burnley defender Drissa Diallo.

The Guinea international is believed to be high on Blues manager Joe Royle's summer shopping list of potential new signings.

Diallo was one of only two players offered new terms by Clarets boss Stan Ternent, along with fellow defender Graham Branch, after initially signing until the end of season following a successful trial in January.

The 30-year-old, who was recently sidelined with a hamstring problem, returned home to Paris following last Sunday's final game of the season against Wimbledon to mull over the club's new offer.

When he first arrived in England, he turned down Portsmouth to stay at Turf Moor because he was impressed with the set-up and his new team-mates.

But a source close to Ipswich revealed Royle is keen to lure the former Mechelen central defender to Portman Road.

Burnley chairman Barry Kilby said: "Speculation will happen all the time.

"Players are given an offer then can have a look around to see if they can better it.

"We would love to have him at the club next season but it's all down to money and what he can get in the market."

Royle, who is a friend of Ternent's, admitted: "I have already identified the players I want and I will make my move as and when I am given the go-ahead."

However, Ipswich must first exit administration and obtain the necessary Football League clearance before they are free to bring in new faces.

Ironically, Diallo made his debut for Burnley against Ipswich in a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

Diallo, 30, only joined the Clarets in January following a brief trial and after his Belgian club, Mechelen, went into liquidation.

He spent four seasons with Mechelen and before that was with French club Sedan. Other previous clubs include Tilleur (Belgium) and Brevannes (France).