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QPR Again Linked With Judge
Sunday, 30th Jun 2019 11:07

QPR are again being linked with a move for Blues midfielder Alan Judge.

The West Londoners were claimed to be interested in the 30-year-old earlier in the month and, according to The Sun on Sunday, manager Mark Warburton remains keen, viewing the Irish international as a replacement for Luke Freeman, if the one-time Arsenal youngster moves on this summer.

Sheffield United are reported to have had a £4 million bid for the 27-year-old rejected, while Leeds have also been linked.

Warburton, who was Judge’s boss at Brentford, is said to be ready to pay £1 million for the Dubliner, who signed a new two-year deal with the Blues in April.

It would be a huge surprise if Town were willing to sell Judge this summer with the January recruit a key man in Paul Lambert’s plans for the season ahead. Judge himself is settled at the club and has no concerns that League One football will hamper his international aspirations.

Nevertheless, it's understood the terms of Judge’s contract could open the door to a move to a Championship side if a club makes an offer at a set level, although this is believed to be significant, and the player was interested.

Even if Freeman is sold, it remains to be seen whether QPR would have much cash for signings this summer due to their well-documented FFP problems.

Elsewhere, both Bristol City and Millwall are reported to be set to bid £3 million to Barnsley for ex-Town striker Kieffer Moore.

If the 26-year-old does move on, the Blues would receive 10 per cent of the profit the Tykes make on the £750,000 they paid for the former Forest Green Rovers forward in January 2018.

Millwall are also reported to be readying a £1 million offer for Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin, although the Black Cats are said to want nearer to £5 million for the former Burton Albion man.

If the Lions do recruit McLaughlin that would certainly end any likelihood of a renewed move for Town’s Bartosz Bialkowski whose switch to the South Londoners broke down earlier in the week. Millwall, who want two keepers this summer, signed Frank Fielding from Bristol City on Thursday.

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blues1 added 14:02 - Jun 30
Think youll find the reason hes still there is his choice, not the clubs. As u say, they prob offered him a better deal. And if judge didnt want to leave then yes, ur right, the club could in effect, reject that offer. However, If the club meet the release clause, and the player wants to go, then they cannot stop that happening. Yes, of course they can offer him a better contract in the hope he'll decide to stay. But it's very much the decision of the player. And with us now being in lge1 I doubt we could offer him a deal that would be better than what QPR could offer. Hopefully they could prove me wrong but with the loss of income I doubt it.

ITFCsince73 added 14:18 - Jun 30
Think you’ll find he’s still there because it’s the player and clubs choice.
The player earns more and more with each bid made
And the club would rather keep the player than receive the huge release clause money.
As with Judge, it’s upto ITFC and ultimately the owner.
If we look on Judge as our very best player, we push the boat out, and offer terms he can’t refuse.
Or we let him leave.
It maybe is paper talk, but usually when that talk keeps arising, there’s normally something there.
Not giving Judge the freedom of the club, was a mistake imo. He is true captain material. But we failed to see or take advantage of.

dukey44 added 14:20 - Jun 30
If Pogba is worth 170m he must be worth at least 6/7 million as he actually cares about playing football on the pitch for his team? Otherwise QPR get stuffed..

Saxonblue74 added 14:24 - Jun 30
Calm down! It won't happen!😂

ITFCsince73 added 14:26 - Jun 30
Saxonblue74. That sounds like an echo of around 12 months ago regarding our top scorer....

RegencyBlue added 14:28 - Jun 30
If there is a release clause and the valuation is met then it will happen if Judge wants it to.

What I would say though is that Evans will need to spend any fee received on a suitable replacement to retain any credibility whatsoever, not that he has much to lose!

ITFCsince73 added 14:31 - Jun 30
Regencyblue. Correct, that’s how it works. If Judge has no interest in what we could offer.
He’s gone.

wilnisfan added 14:31 - Jun 30
2.5m would be a dangerous offer because it won't help us find a suitable experienced replacement.

4m plus a player in exchange would be more like it. We are going to have a youthful side next season and experience players are key. Especially someone who can dictate the game for us.

Serious questions about O'Neil position at the club should Judge leave for 1m plus add ons.

The whole 10% thing is a real joke left over from the horrible Clegg days.

I'd prefer a first option buyback clause. So we can buy him back and then sell direct.

jas0999 added 14:40 - Jun 30
One of the reasons we are in this terrible position - a League One club - is because we have for years sold our good players and either replaced with cheaper alternatives or short term loans.

This club needs to rebuild around the better players. Not just for this season but next and the season after. The odd sale is inevitable, but that money should be used wisely. Certainly unexpected income should be used to bolster the squad. Evans won’t though.

jas0999 added 14:44 - Jun 30
Blues1 - release clause or not, if Judge is sold, the biggest problem is reinvestment of funds to bring in an equally good replacement. That’s a real issue at ITFC and has been for a long while.

Ipswichbusiness added 14:47 - Jun 30
Cakeman, NO! How could you be so cruel? I had just forgotten the nightmare that was Douglas, McCarthy et al and you bring it all back again ...

ITFCsince73 added 15:00 - Jun 30
jas0999. We haven’t as yet reached as low as we go.
Yes Norwood is a potential good signing. But all career goals have been scored against the likes of Braintree Town and Mansfield.
Can he score at Pompey or Sunderland.... We live in hope.
We carry on looking it would appear at players at a lower level than ourselves.
Which has been dangerous for us so far.
We are desperate for proven quality and experience.
There are many teams going into L1 this season expecting promotion.
Many are recruiting in numbers.
The bookies are starting to show money is going on other clubs now, and that will continue.
We started as favourites pre playoffs on the simple strength that we was Championship.
Now we know Sunderland and Pompey will be with us this soon changed the odds.
As it’s now clear we go into our promotion push season on the cheap. The odds will reflect.

Guthrum added 15:19 - Jun 30
We can't keep offering Judge better contracts, especially not when competing with clubs a division higher. Our income is reduced and FFP rules are more restrictive in L1.

Cakeman added 15:25 - Jun 30
Sorry Ipswichbusiness I couldn’t resist an attempt at humour. I too have only just got over his performances in the Blue shirt 😂

ITFCsince73 added 15:32 - Jun 30
Gutrum. Like any other club. FFP or not. You do whatever it takes to keep your better players.
In Judge case our best player. He’s worth pushing the boat out for.
Hopefully the club are currently pushing that boat out.
Take Luton Town, they will only let a player move once a bid gets ridiculous.
A bid for what a player of theirs is worth....they laugh off.
That’s what has taken them through the leagues, Premiership bound.

baxter7 added 15:47 - Jun 30
Just heard they are some packets of light bulbs up for sale Evans is considering some bids for them because he reckon candles are cheaper

mathiemagic added 15:59 - Jun 30
Think the only way for this to be nipped in the bud is by Judge himself coming out in the press and state he is going to honor the contract recently signed with Town.

hadleighboyblue added 16:14 - Jun 30
With the sale of Bart not going through , the worry is that someone might need to be sold in the eyes of ME . There might be some players that we could get fees for , but in Judges case it would be a BIG mistake to lose him . We have at last got a decent midfielder who will be a key player in the coming season . Concerns are that QPR might be unsettling him and if there is a release clause , we could have a problem .

dirtydingusmagee added 16:20 - Jun 30
just another unsettling episode , nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to football and ITFC, HOPEFULLY this wont happen ,will be very disapointed if it does.

herfie added 17:27 - Jun 30
Had dismissed earlier QPR link as nothing more than paper talk, on a slow football news day.

The fact that the story has bubbled to the surface again, and knowing how fickle and unpredictable the game has become, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised - and bitterly disappointed - were it to happen. For sure his departure would leave PL with a massive loss of experience and quality which, with the sort of budget constraints we operate under, would be almost impossible to replace. The inevitable conclusion is that it would probably fatally jeopardise our ability to fight our way out of this league, and potentially be a further step down the ‘club in decline’ road. But in the final analysis it will inevitably come down to hard cash. Worrying - but hopefully no more than idle speculation,

TimmyH added 17:51 - Jun 30
This story is just like a bad smell in a lift...doesn't go away and circulates. QPR yuck! what a horrid London club with a horrible stadium.

therein61 added 18:15 - Jun 30
He will be the player that makes the side tick next season being an inspiration to the youngsters who will(given our poor situation) have to be given game time which makes the future bright when it all gels together, if for gods sake he leaves then who else is gifted enough to set the example? oh I forgot we are still lumbered with numbers 4 and 8!!!!!

Nobbysnuts added 18:19 - Jun 30
It we sell judge I will once and for all wash my hands of this club. It would prove the real ambition of this club. If lambert let's this happen he should pack his bags and f#ck off with him. just f#ck off QPR u stupid meaningless little club.

ITFCsince73 added 19:35 - Jun 30
I would like to think, Oneil is fully aware if this was to happen it would cause uproar at our club.
A club that doesn’t do uproar at anything, at anytime.
Would like to think also he’s told Evans of the consequences, should he give the ok on it.

sixtyblue added 19:37 - Jun 30
If this site can do nothing but repeat old news from newspaper columnists just shut down and shut up irritating supporters.If you cannot get genuine news from ITFC just shut up.

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