QPR eye swoop for 21-year-old EFL star

Championship side Queens Park Rangers are eyeing a swoop for Ipswich Town’s Luke Woolfenden according to Blues site TWTD.

The Hoops are struggling in the Championship at present and have one eye on Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth as a possible replacement for Mark Waburton. It’s now thought they’re also in the hunt for 21-year-old academy graduate Woolfenden, who has impressed in his breakthrough season at Portman Road.

Having spent time on loan at Swindon last season, Woolfenden already had experience of senior football. He made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Robins, scoring twice. That paved the way into Paul Lambert’s first team and he’s seized his chance with aplomb.

The Ipswich-born defender has made 16 outings for the Blues this season and missed both FA Cup ties with Lincoln City, as did the rest of the first team squad. Paul Lambert is likely to resist any move for the youngster, who returned to partner for Wales international James Wilson in defence for their 1-1 draw with Coventry City this weekend.

TWTD also reports that Fulham are eyeing a move for Flynn Downes, another Ipswich youngster who has impressed in League One this season.

Our View

I can’t see this move happening; what’s in it for the player? Ipswich are almost certain to go up this season and with QPR struggling, he could find himself above them in 12 months time just by staying put.

He’s born and bred in Ipswich and surely any move away from the club would be to the Premier League or a top Championship club at the very least.

This smells like a complete non-starter to me.


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