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Lambert: No Pressure to Sell But Money Talks
Friday, 6th Dec 2019 11:10

Blues boss Paul Lambert is not surprised that the likes of Fulham and QPR are watching Flynn Downes and Luke Woolfenden, as revealed by TWTD earlier in the week, but says there’s no pressure to sell in January, however, he admits that the goalposts might move if very significant offers were to be received.

As reported earlier in the week, the Cottagers have been keeping a close watch on Downes, 20, who has made a very strong start to the season, while Rangers have similarly been keeping tabs on 21-year-old Woolfenden, another of this year's star performers. Both academy products are contracted to the club until 2022 with the Blues having an option for a further season.

“I’ve not seen that, you telling me is the first time I’ve seen it,” Lambert said when asked about the story. “Would it surprise me? No. It wouldn’t surprise me because of how well they are playing.”

Quizzed on whether it is a straightforward case that they won’t be for sale in January, Lambert admitted: “Money talks. In the modern-day game, it talks. If it’s a hell of an amount of millions then sometimes you can’t do anything about it.

“That’s the reality of the game. The money doesn’t really matter, if somebody goes in with £20 or £30 million or whatever then you can’t stop it, it’s too big.

“But those lads are playing really well and for somebody to take them out then it would have to be a few million, that’s for sure.”

But he says there is no pressure on him to sell unless the Blues were offered very significant money: “No, not at all. Not unless there’s £30 or £40 million coming in your door, then it changes the goalposts.”

Reiterating comments he made last week, Lambert says he is still to speak to Millwall about on-loan keeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s situation and whether the Lions might look to recruit the Polish international on a permanent basis.

“No, we don’t know yet,” he added. “The situation is that there are still a few weeks on that, so I’m pretty sure [general manager of football operations] Lee [O'Neill] will deal with that side of it.”

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agravenor added 11:16 - Dec 6
£40 mil each please, then they can go... :)

itfcjoe added 11:21 - Dec 6
It would have to be big money

Rozeeboy74 added 11:22 - Dec 6
Would we see player re-investment though? Or get the usual guff about the cost of running the club?

rexron added 11:32 - Dec 6
Thats bull. Contracts talk!

Bluearmy_81 added 11:34 - Dec 6
Rozee - I know what my moneys on. Town fans are such good serfs they wouldn't say or do anything though, just bend over and take it...

MrTown added 11:36 - Dec 6
Would have to be ridiculous money at this stage for the lads.

hyperbrit added 12:43 - Dec 6
Hopefully Evans will not continue his policy of selling his best upcoming players.

TimmyH added 12:55 - Dec 6
Losing Downes would worry me...he gets in the mix and breaks opponents play up far more than Skuse does and gets things going. I was sitting next to some Dutch fans against Blackpool and they said number 21 was the stand out player at half-time.

PL mentions 'money talks' and as we know this is Evans MO...but would be surprised if he did sell him unless there was a ridiculous sum on the table (which I can't see happening) - who knows with our owner.

ArnieM added 14:09 - Dec 6
Rexron: contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on .

ITFCsince73 added 14:49 - Dec 6
Yes TimmyH I remember you saying that.
Each time I’ve seen Downes and Woolf this season, they both look standout, every game.
I’ve said since last season, Woolf is premier league bound. He’s since convinced me.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 15:06 - Dec 6
I think we're safe as regards January. Next season, it might well depend on which league we're in. Hopefully, Evans will see the financial benefit of actually keeping our best young players a while longer yet.

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