QPR look to have ended their interest in Ipswich and Ireland midfielder Alan Judge after having a second bid rejected by the League One side.
Sky Sports are reporting that QPR have had a bid of £450,000 rejected by the Tractor Boys with Ipswich looking for £750,000 for his signature, a fee that Rangers still appear to be far away from.
Judge only joined Ipswich permanently in January from Brentford, but relegation to League One has meant that the club have entertained QPR’s interest in the 30-year old.
The East Anglian Daily Times also reported news of the rejected bid, which according to manager Paul Lambert, is nowhere near what the club are looking for for their influencial midfielder.
“An offer has been made that is nowhere near what Marcus is looking for so there’s no real news on that side of it.
“The ball’s in QPR’s court now. They are trying to do something but it’s nowhere near the level Ipswich are looking at.
“Judgey trains well and there’s no problems there. He wants to have a chance to speak with them but he won’t have that chance unless the two clubs agree something.
“There’s no way you can just say ‘ok, on you go’. He’s Ipswich Town’s player, we pay his wages.
“I think that’s the way it should be and I don’t know any club who will say ‘you can have him on the cheap’.
“I don’t think that’s good.”
The 30-year old may also feel that a move back to the Championship will aid his chances at international level, with some crucial games coming up for the Boys in Green.
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 in June 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.”