Ipswich turn down two bids for Crystal Palace-linked star

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Ipswich have rejected two bids from a Premier League club for midfielder Flynn Downes.

Town are keen for the 21-year-old to stay but would not stand in his way if they received the right offer, with Crystal Palace reportedly the interested top-flight side.

“We have received two bids for Flynn over the last week or two but they are nowhere near the club’s valuation,” said Ipswich’s general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill.

“(Owner) Marcus (Evans) rejected them straight away and he has spoken personally to Flynn to make him aware of the club’s position.

“Every player strives to play at the highest level and Flynn is no different. We fully understand why a move to the Premier League would appeal to him but until the club receives an offer that meets our valuation, there is no decision to make.



“We want to keep Flynn here because he is seen as a key part of our plans. We certainly don’t welcome offers for him but we have to be realistic and accept that the good, young players we have here are going to attract interest.

“That doesn’t mean we have to sell them and the owner has proved that.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle have offered midfielder Matt Ritchie plus cash in a bid to land Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

However, the PA news agency understands the Magpies face competition from Aston Villa for the 28-year-old England international, who scored eight Premier League goals in 35 appearances last season as the Cherries were relegated.

Wilson has been on head coach Steve Bruce’s wish list throughout the summer as he attempts to add firepower to a squad which managed to find the back of the net on just 38 occasions in the league last season.

Palace are also believed to be keen on the England forward, who looks all set to leave the south-coast club after their relegation.