Alan Judge may only be an Ipswich Town player for a matter of months, but it is already looking like he could move away from the club. The Republic of Ireland international joined the then Championship side on loan in January, before the move was made permanent in April.
With Ipswich relegated from the second tier of English football, a potential move back up the divisions has manifested itself. QPR have placed two bids for the players, the latest for £450,000, which were immediately rejected.
While manager Paul Lambert has admitted that Judge would be allowed leave the club for the right price, they see no reason to let him go on the cheap:
An offer has been made that is nowhere near what Marcus is looking for so there's no real news on that side of it.
The ball's in QPR's court now. They are trying to do something but it's nowhere near the level Ipswich are looking at.
Judgey trains well and there's no problems there. He wants to have a chance to speak with them but he won't have that chance unless the two clubs agree something.
There's no way you can just say 'ok, on you go'. He's Ipswich Town's player, we pay his wages.
I think that's the way it should be and I don't know any club who will say 'you can have him on the cheap'.
I don't think that's good.
Judge impressed during his time in East Anglia last season, playing his way back into the Ireland squad. While a wrist fracture would rule him out of the Euro 2020 qualifiers in June, he will be hoping to play a part over the remainder of the campaign.
A move to the Championship would certainly increase his chances of doing that, and at 30-years old, there is no guarantee a similar move would be available in the future.