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Former Blue Downes Close to Palace Move
Saturday, 2nd Jul 2022 20:34

Former Town midfielder Flynn Downes is reportedly on the verge of a move from Swansea City to Crystal Palace.

Downes, 23, left the Blues for the Swans last summer for a fee of £1.4 million and had a hugely impressive campaign with the Welshmen.

Now, according to BBC Sport, the Essex-born schemer is close to joining Premier League Palace.

No fee is mentioned but earlier in the week reports in Wales put Swansea’s valuation at £11 million to £12 million but with the Championship side ultimately expected to have to accept a lower but still significant figure.

Town look set to receive a windfall from the deal with it appearing likely that a sell-on was included in last summer’s deal, probably around 10 per cent of the Swans’ profit, although the club won’t comment on whether such a clause was put in place.

Palace previously tried to sign Downes in the summer of 2020 when the Blues turned down two bids from the Eagles, the second of £1.6 million.

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ArnieM added 20:35 - Jul 2
Finally got his move to Palarae then ….

Portman_Pie added 20:42 - Jul 2
Is t it funny how we manage to fail abysmally in the transfer market - often. Both Webster and now Downes sold for a pittance to then sell on the following season for mega money.

Cheers for your demolition job and selling Downes Cook - you nob.

Help added 20:43 - Jul 2
Bloody Cook

Stu_boy added 20:52 - Jul 2
Think it's grossly unfair to blame paul cook for downes exit. He made it clear to ipswich for well over a year that he wanted to move and when you have an unhappy player in the camp, you either risk that bad attitude rubbing off on others or move them on. It was inevitable he would leave no matter who the manager was. Good luck to him and no bad feelings, we all move on

terryf added 20:52 - Jul 2
I think the guy wanted to go even pre Cook..

Good player at times and would have worked well alongside Morsy.

He did use to frustrate the hell out of me sometimes though. Takes a free kick on the half way line, decides to play back to Nsiala who then under pressure loses the ball. Downes was often too negative for me. Maybe in McKenna's Team we would have seen a more positive attitude.Anyway history now so good luck to the guy for his future career.

Wooly74 added 20:58 - Jul 2
Love how some fools are trying to blame Cook, Downes was a nightmare and needed to be gotten rid of quickly. Still not convinced he will make it in the top flight as attitude is all wrong

RegencyBlue added 21:00 - Jul 2
Downes was unsettled by Palace well before Cook got here and made it clear he wanted to leave.

Cook can be blamed for a lot of things but not that!

Ipswichbusiness added 21:03 - Jul 2
One season in the Championship and his value rises that much, it almost beggars belief.

herfie added 21:12 - Jul 2
Swansea clearly happy to take the loot, and move him on - seemingly without too much of a fight to keep him. Perhaps they’ve cottoned on to the fact that Mr Downes is a barely above average player with a distinct attitude problem. The best thing is that he’s no longer on our wage billl.

Dog added 21:21 - Jul 2
Good player. It's a short career and knew he had to get out before the demolition man got to work. Wish him the best.

BlueandTruesince82 added 21:40 - Jul 2
He didn't have long on his contract here did he? So we got 1.4 mil of Swansea and what could be another mil out of the sell on. Palace only bid 1.6. So for player that could have stuck it out and walked for nothing or a player we could have sold for 1.6 we could get up 2.6 out of

Saxonblue74 added 22:13 - Jul 2
Slightly above average player with a way below average attitude. I wasn't bothered when he left, once a player develops the massive ego that he did when his head was turned you may as well give them away. 10% from a sell on clause is a decent result in my opinion. I'm confident that we wouldn't swap him for Dom Ball once we've seen a few games from him.

Taricco_Fan added 22:23 - Jul 2
Got there in the end.

Suffolkboy added 22:28 - Jul 2
Always a young man with immense potential : for sure he was at that stage where good guidance,and even better coaching ,would have produced evidence of real progress . Frustration ,over eagerness and such drive but no timing often got him into difficulties .
For those now criticising ,then perhaps a look at the comparative statistics for Championship players would help a deserved re- assessment !
I hope FD shows us all what a powerhouse he can become and truly prospers in the career ahead of him !

bringbacktheglory added 23:06 - Jul 2
Blimey, a lot of sour grapes in the comments. Downes was never going to be a world beater but he was too good for league one. Maybe he downed his tools, but he knew he was better as shown by his great season in the championship.
He wore his heart in his sleeve, so it would have been difficult to keep those levels when his heart isn’t in it.
Bad attitude? I don’t think so. Ambitious? Yes, however he could have handled it better. What 21 year olds don’t make mistakes though?
It is also not Cooks fault, we would have got 10 million for him if we weren’t in league one!!

pg888 added 23:11 - Jul 2
A complete child more interested in the cash than any club he represents

1987TractorBoy added 02:28 - Jul 3
@portman_pie @herfie @pg888 the idiocy of all 3 of you is astounding.
Good luck Flynn, clearly a very talented player who deserves his chance at a higher level

ThaiBlue added 07:35 - Jul 3
We got a bit of extra cash out of the deal so well done town for putting the clause in the deal,happy about this to be honest.

blues1 added 08:13 - Jul 3
Portman pie. Wow, u talk rubbish. How did we sell wbster for a pittance? Bought him for around £500,000, sold him for £4.5m, despite him being injured half of his time here? And had add ons, so got more when he left Bristol. £1.5 m for downes with his contract running down was a more than fair price. And again, we'll now get more. How swansea rate him at that price I really dont know but good luck to them. Seen him playing for them a few times and frankly all he's done is make short passes sideways and backwards. But if Palace are willing to pay that kind of money for him, good luck with that.

Veggie added 08:16 - Jul 3
@Portman_Pie You are very wrong here. Downes had already made it clear that he wanted to leave, put in transfer request. We had to sell him or he would go on a free. Not Cook’s fault.

Plus we don’t get high transfer prices because we are in League One.

Michael101 added 08:57 - Jul 3
Today's football managers don't have anything to do with transfer negotiations, so what we got for or paid for any player is not cook,Lambert or McCarthy s fault.

chepstowblue added 08:58 - Jul 3
The world of football !! I watched Swansea a few times last season and it could be up until the 38th minute before Downes touched the ball. The headless chicken routine was still very much to the fore, attempting and failing to stop far more gifted players from the opposition, and the game merely passing him by. No creativity, no threat, totally uninvolved.Dominic Thompson was evidence that league one players somehow exist in the Premier. Downes cements that belief. Viera....what are you thinking ?!!

Monkey_Blue added 09:28 - Jul 3
He’s one of ours so I’m delighted he’s had a good season and is getting a great move. Can’t think of a better mentor for his game than Viera

ElephantintheRoom added 09:51 - Jul 3
Thé Town career of Downes is an interesting microcosm of why Town have been in catastrophic decline. Foisted out on loan to Luton whilst long gone duds were signed instead. Ignored - and then driven out allegedly in a head-butting session when Dyer mediated a meeting with Cook. And lest we forget, Ashton would happily have seen the back of Woolfenden too for a similar bunch of peanuts

Linkboy13 added 10:38 - Jul 3
Lots of sour grapes comments on here about his attitude. His attitude was obviously good at Swansea other wise he would not have got the move to Palace. The value of players is governed by the selling club we are not going to get big money for players playing in league one.

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