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Ireland’s Alan Judge Linked With Move Back To Championship

Ireland international midfielder Alan Judge has reportedly been linked with a move to Championship side QPR, despite recently signing a two-year contract at Ipswich Town.

Judge joined the Tractor Boys on loan from Brentford in January before making the move permanent in April despite Ipswich’s impending relegation to League One.

The 30-year old was seen as one of their best players in what was a difficult period for the club as they finished bottom of the Championship after a dismal season.

According to a report in the Sun on Sunday, Championship side QPR are interested in bringing Judge to Loftus Road to link up with former Brentford boss Mark Warburton whom Judge played under during his successful spell at Griffin Park.

Judge would reportedly be seen as a replacement for Kieron Freeman who has been linked with a £4 million move to Premier League new boys Sheffield United.

The move, however, is seen as unlikely given the fact that Judge only joined the club permanently in April and he is seen by manager Paul Lambert as one of their most important players as they eye an immediate return back to the second tier next season.

The East Anglian Daily Times also report that Judge is very happy at Portman Road and that the 30-year old has no desire to leave the club despite QPR’s interest.

Judge has also shown himself to be a favourite of Mick McCarthy in the Irish setup with the midfielder expected to have started the victory over Gibraltar last month had it not been for a broken wrist suffered in the draw against Denmark.

McCarthy has always spoken highly of Judge, outlining in March that he had tried to sign the 30-year old when he was Ipswich manager.

“He is back to his form that we were so used to for such a long time, he’s had a long time out, the irony is he broke his leg at Ipswich and now he’s back there playing his best football again, I know he’s really enjoying it again, I’ve seen him twice, he’s someone who can play wide left, wide right and also in behind the striker and is someone who can bring something different.

“I tried to sign him when I was Ipswich manager, I met him but somebody paid him more money.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]