We were linked with 27 year-old Brentford midfielder Alan Judge on Monday and according to reports he was on his way to Newcastle for a medical and ready to sign for us.
But we may have jumped the gun a bit, like we did with 20 year-old Everton left-back Brendan Galloway – who eventually joined West Brom on a season long loan – rather than Newcastle.
27 year-old Alan Judge – staying at Brentford?
There has been little news of Judge since earlier in the week and the once capped Ireland International is recovering from a double break of his right leg that he suffered against Ipswich last April.
Only last week he had an operation to remove the surgical pins keeping the bone together.
The Brentford manager Dean Smith has been interviewed today and he has said he doesn’t expect Judge to leave Brentford this month.
This is what Smith has said:
“I expect Alan Judge will still be a Brentford player on September 1,”
“Alan’s injury is well-known to everyone, but there have been enquiries from a number of clubs.”
“With his injury at the moment, I don’t think anyone is going to take the plunge to take him.”
“He’s still our player and very much in our plans.”
“Let’s see where we are when the window opens again in January.”
We were hoping Newcastle would move quickly for Judge, but that doesn’t look to be the case and it seems there will be a battle to get him in January of the Magpies want him then.
That’s unless a pre-contract agreement has been signed for him by Newcastle.
Of course it’s always a risk to sign a player when he is recovering from a serious injury.
If Judge returns and plays well for Brentford before January, his transfer fee could go up – especially if he signs a new deal with the Bees, which we’re sure Brentford want that to happen.
What do you think?