There’s a report on the Get West London web-site today that identifies the reason Newcastle pulled out of a deal to sign 27 year-old midfielder Alan Judge of Brentford.
The local press at the time in Newcastle were reporting that Alan was on his way to Newcastle to take a medical and sign and that he wouldn’t be fit to play until November.
The deal had apparently been completely agreed including the wages Alan would be getting.
Alan Judge – almost joined Newcastle
But that deal never happened
The Get West London web-site are today reporting the reason was because “he was not as far ahead in his recovery as originally thought.”
That’s what Brentford manager Dean Smith has told them about the potential deal falling though – although Dean doesn’t mention which clubs were actually interested int he play-maker.
This is what Dean Smith said:
“The clubs that were interested in him thought he was further ahead in his fitness that he was.”
“I don’t think anyone would begrudge Judgey a move to a Premier League or a massive Championship club. I’m sure he’ll come back better than before.”
“He probably wasn’t as far ahead as he thought he might be but he’s still progressing. I’m not sure of any timescales – I think it’s too early to say.”
Wonder who the massive Championship club could be?
Judge has only juts had an operation to remove the pins in his right leg and he was at the time supposed to be about three months away from playing.
The local media in Newcastle have been suggesting the club may go back in for Alan in January when he has fully recovered from the broken leg.
We hope Newcastle do just that because Alan looks like a very good player.