Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has told the club’s official website how reported Crystal Palace bids for Flynn Downes has unsettled the player.

Downes has long been linked with a move away from Portman Road.

A report from TWTD back in March claimed West Ham United were scouting him.

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But it is the Hammers’ London rivals Crystal Palace who are making the moves now.

The EADT say the Eagles have seen two bids knocked back for Downes, the latter being in the region of £2 million which is far short of the club’s £8 million valuation.

And now Lambert has admitted the speculation is affecting his star midfielder.

“Flynn has trained all week but it’s an unsettling time for him at the moment and he’s only a young lad. I have spoken to him and told him to have a couple of days off. It will give him time to clear his head and then he’ll be back with us again next week. He’s a very talented player so I’m not surprised there has been interest in him but the bids we have had are nowhere near the valuation that the owner is looking for and rightly so,” Lambert explained.

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Flynn Downes demonstrates his potential:

Downes, 21, came through the Ipswich ranks and made his debut in 2017.

Standing at just 5ft 8inch, the England U20 international is quite a diminutive midfielder but his awareness and strength on the ball is second to none.

He has already created history at Ipswich, becoming their youngest ever captain.

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The Tractor Boys’ failure to secure promotion back to the Championship leaves them vulnerable to losing their better youngsters and Palace may feel they can strike a bargain.

The Eagles need some added creativity in their side and Downes has the potential to go far.

Crystal Palace’s record signings

  1. Christian Benteke – £27 million

    2016

  2. Mamadou Sakho – £22 million

    2017

  3. Eberechi Eze – £19.5 million

    2020

  4. Patrick van Aanholt – £14 million

    2017

  5. Andros Townsend – £13 million

    2016

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