Lambert discusses transfers
After yesterdays defeat to SC Paderborn 07, Town boss Paul Lambert discussed the latest transfer activity at Portman Road.
Alan Judge has been continuously linked with a move to QPR, something which is news to Lambert: “I don’t know anything about it,”
“I don’t listen to anything and don’t read anything so I don’t know anything about it.
“I don’t get involved in it unless someone phones us and gets in touch. There’s been nothing.”
Judge, signed a two year deal in April, will be seen as a key player for Town this year, a player Lambert is not considering being without: “Not at all, we’re trying to build something here and build a good team and we have some fabulous footballers in the team, that’s for sure. Alan Judge is one of them.”
Another player who could on the move is goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, the Pole was set to join Millwall but after complications in his medical the deal fell through. Lambert was asked if there is any more developments regarding Bialkowski: “No, as I’ve said before I don’t get too involved in things that don’t affect me. I just do the job as best I can.
“Ipswich Town is the main thing and the supporters who come and watch us. I don’t get caught up in the whole craziness of the transfer talk.”
On incoming transfers, Danny Mayor was at Playford Road (ITFC training ground) before the winger moved to Plymouth, was Lambert disappointed he didn’t land the former Bury man: “Not at all. People can go where they want,” Lambert explained. “If they don’t want to be here then no problem and I won’t lose sleep over it. If you don’t want to be here, don’t come.”
Despite receiving income from the sale of Ellis Harrison and Matt Clarke (sell on fee), alongside the likely profit from Adam Webster, Tyrone Mings and Kieffer Moore, Lambert insists he is only shopping for free agents: “We can’t buy anybody, that’s the fact of it, but that’s no problem because we have some really good young players here.
“They may need a little bit of help but we can’t go and buy anybody, regardless of what anyone thinks about deals done before my time and the knock-on of money coming in.
“It doesn’t work like that and that’s the reality of it but that’s no problem. We’ve got a good side.”
This week, Daryl Murphy as been made available at Nottingham Forest, likely to be on a free, would this be someone Lambert is interested in: “The lad was a good player but I don’t know because he’s older now,” Lambert said.
“Money-wise, you never know until wages get put on the table but people need to get their heads round that we won’t be getting masses.
“That’s not a problem. The club has spent a hell of a lot of money over the years but we’ve got the young guys coming through the academy.
“We’re a good side, even though they’re young. I’m really happy with the guys and the way they’ve performed but if we can try and get one or two in to give them a boost then we will try.”