“It would have been easy for Marcus to have sold some of our players but he is not going to be bullied into doing that by the big boys"
Lee O’Neill has revealed that Town owner Marcus Evans turned down bids into the millions for players on transfer deadline day.
Flynn Downes and Luke Woolfenden have been linked with moves to Premier League clubs all through the January window and while the Club’s general manager of football operations wouldn’t be drawn on who and where, he has confirmed big money bids were received.
“We did receive offers from clubs for players. I’m not going to comment on individual players or the clubs involved other than to say there was Premier League interest,” Lee told the Club website.
“It would have been easy for Marcus to have sold some of our players but he is not going to be bullied into doing that by the big boys. There were offers, into the millions for some of our players but he turned them down because he felt they weren’t right for the Club.
“The long term objective of the Club and Marcus is to try and keep our best players, our best young players and continue to develop them.
“Some of the clubs at the top of our league have sold some of their best players and we have managed to hold on to ours.”
Lee also revealed that Town had looked to bring in new additions to the squad.
“We were at the table with some players. We wanted to bring in players that were fit and actively ready to go,” he explained.
“They had to be at the level of what we have already or better. Some of the bigger clubs we were talking to want some guarantees before they let their players out or there are penalties put in place so there are a lot of factors.”
See the full interview on iFollow Ipswich.