Ipswich have agreed a loan deal with Wolves for defender Richard Stearman.

The 25-year-old has joined Town until the end of the season and provides a welcome boost to the club's defensive ranks after Bradley Orr was recalled by parent club Blackburn.

Manager Mick McCarthy knows Stearman well from his near six-year spell in charge at Molineux having signed him from Leicester in the summer of 2008.

Stearman has found first-team opportunities hard to come by for Wanderers this term, starting just eight league games.

However, he has made a total of 142 appearances during his four-and-half years at the Black Country club.