Crystal Palace have been warned that their £1.8 million bid for Flynn Downes would barely be enough to buy the Ipswich Town midfielder’s left leg, former Tractor Boys hero Kieron Dyer told the East Anglian Daily Times.
Each and every Ipswich fan will be counting down the days until the transfer window slams shut in early October.
Because, while the League One promotion hopefuls have succeeded in tying star centre-back Luke Woolfenden down to a new contract despite interest from Premier League clubs, another highly-rated academy graduate is fast becoming a gossip column regular.
The Standard reported a fortnight ago that Downes had handed in a transfer request after Crystal Palace saw an opening offer of around £2 million rejected.
Roy Hodgson’s side will need to double that bid if they are serious about bringing the 21-year-old to Loftus Road.
Dan O’Neill, Ipswich’s head of football operations, claimed that £2 million is ‘nowhere near’ their valuation for one of the league’s most gifted midfielders – a stance Dyer agrees with.
“He’s one of the club’s best assets, Town want to get top dollar. I would suggest £1.6m or £1.8m is just about enough to buy Flynn’s left leg!” said the 33-capped former England international.
“It’s a tricky situation for Flynn Downes and Ipswich Town. I don’t know all the ins and outs of him wanting to move and don’t pretend to. My personal opinion is that Flynn was badly advised by putting in a transfer request.
“Flynn, quite understandably, would like a move to a Premier League club – a big pay rise, a chance to play at the top table, a life-changing situation.
“I’m sure they’d like to offer Flynn a big long-term contract, but I’m not sure how much they can pay him under the new rules of how much players can earn in League One.”
Crystal Palace have made it their mission to inject some youth into one of the oldest squads in the Premier League and Downes would be in good company if the Eagles can agree a deal, potentially joining Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson and Scott Banks at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace’s record signings
Christian Benteke – £27 million
Mamadou Sakho – £22 million
Eberechi Eze – £19.5 million
Patrick van Aanholt – £14 million
Andros Townsend – £13 million