Newcastle Have £10M Playmaker Lined Up For January

The Irish Sun are reporting today that Newcastle are willing to pay £10M for Alan Judge in the January transfer window – a player who we almost signed before the summer transfer window ended in late August, but decided to wait until January.

That decision seemed to be based on allowing the double fracture of Judge’s right leg to fully heal.

When Newcastle were after him in late August when a deal was said to have been agreed, Alan wasn’t due back playing again until November.

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Alan Judge – to join Newcastle in January?

Judge suffered his double break in April when he played against Ipswich Town in the 3-1 win.

But Alan is currently in the last year of his contract at Brentford so it would be surprising if Newcastle have to pay £10M for him, although other clubs were also said to be interested in the Ireland International, who turns 28 in November.

If Brentford were going to offer him a new deal and then ask for £10M from Newcastle in January, surely we would have taken the risk and signed him in late August, as the local Newcastle reports had suggested would happen.

Paying out £10M would surely be assuming that Brentford get him to sign a new deal before January and that he makes a successful comeback to the Brentford first team before the January transfer window opens.

When the news broke on Monday August 22nd that he was about to sign on at Newcastle, he was supposed to be on his way to the north-east for a medical, but later that week the deal was supposedly called off by Newcastle.

Alan joined Brentford on loan from Blackburn Rovers back in January, 2014 and finally signed for them full time on June 2nd of 2014 on a three year deal.

He started his career at Blackburn Rovers in 2006 and then later left for three years on loan to Notts County before returning to the Lancashire club in 2013, where he only stayed for six months before joining Brentford on loan.

Alan stands just short of 5ft 7ins and in his two and a half years at the Bees he’s played 102 games with 24 goals and 31 assists – he was named in the Championship Team of the Season for last season.

While he was at Notts County for three years and got used to playing in black and white stripes, he played 111 games with 17 goals and 27 assists.

Alan Judge would be an excellent signing for Newcastle but given how things stand at the moment we cannot see Newcastle paying as much as £10M for the player.

The Irish Sun are reporting that Blackburn have  a sell-on clause of around 20% on Judge – which means that Blackburn would get 20% of the profit that Brentford make when and if they sell him.

He was signed in June, 2014  for Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    £10million??????? Was the deal in the summer not talked of as just a few million?

  • G

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Even in an inflated market, way too much.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, pretty sure it was Lil. £4-5m or something like that.

    I can’t see us splashing £10m on a player with a year left on his contract. Even if he signed an extension that’s still far too much imo.

    Obviously things like the age policy have shifted slightly but I doubt paying top whack for soon to be out of contract players has.

    If we can get them on a free then we will. Sound business but you also run the risk of losing out.

    Nominal fee I’d imagine if we are still interested come the January window.

    I don’t ever watch re-runs if we lose. Does my swede in.


    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I mean this just isn’t true is it

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #5

    I didn’t get to watch the match as my youngest was at her friends party.

    It wasn’t one of those ‘drop off’ ones either.

    3 hours of screaming kids and some cnut dressed up as a character from paw patrol.

    As we couldn’t leave, I slunk into the bar in the next room and had to rely on those c0cksnots from soccer Saturday.

    Checked the blog occasionally but it’s also full of windbags on matchday.

    All in all, a proper shite day for me.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #6

    If we really want him, then surely we speak to his representatives and tell them not to sign a new deal there, as we wouldn’t be willing to meet the inflated price?

    £10million seems far too high for him, but this report is from the Irish Sun, so probably speculation. I would expect us to go back for him, if he proves his fitness, but at probably half that price.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I generally watch highlights or re runs, but haven’t had a chance with yesterdays game yet. I could do it now, but it really doesn’t sound worthwhile, and it appears people who watched are pretty unanimous in players at fault.

    I find it interesting watching the defeats as well, as often people on here blame someone they don’t like, rather than actually seeing where errors have occurred. There are a few who I would trust the judgement of who attend regularly.

    I also find it fascinating how people who didn’t watch can give such detailed critiques on the game.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8


    A kids party had a bar, bl**dy ell, they do not half grow up quick nowadays.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #9

    It was along the same lines as the Huddersfield game. They had some tall lads, and Gayle is not far off a waste of time crossing lofted balls in unless they’re pinpoint and he’s got free from his marker.

    Passing was generally poor for any longer than short distance. The amount of passes which should have made it but were waywardly cut-out was annoyingly repetitive.

    Were were balanced OK, the set up of things, but play needed to be quicker, sharper and more one-twos.

    It was just a poor game. Hopefully we’ll be back on track on Tuesday.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah, I’m far from convinced by Gayle in this side and set up. Diame isn’t a playmaker and won’t be threading clever balls early for Gayle. Ritchie is great at delivering the ball into the box, Gayle will get some goals that way, but again, not his forté. Mitro and Murphy are probably both better suited to Ritchie and Diame. Quite probably Atsu as well, although I’m far from convinced by him. I think it won’t be too long till Gayle is playing in the 3 off Mitro/Murphy, possibly to the left.

    From the highlights, Perez and Mitro seemed to work well centrally against QPR. Other than Mitro’s fitness, I was disappointed they weren’t given another chance yesterday to build on that pairing.

    Anyway, it sounds like everyone was off their game, which is very disappointing, and Rafa couldn’t lift it for whatever reason. As I said a bit earlier though, if players perform as they did against QPR, and then get left out next game, it doesn’t breed competition.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah, with Gayle you have to play him in, and that requires a precise pass and run, tough when teams park the bus. With Mitro you can put it into an area and pick up the second balls. He’s good in the air and his hold up play is also good, Murphy offers something very similar. In terms of percentages, the big man up top looks very much the way to go. It’s hard for me to see how we can rotate two entirely different approaches seamlessly. Frankly, I’d prefer we settled on one up top and let Mitro and Murph fight it out for the shirt. With Gayle off the bench to bolster the attack when we are chasing.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #12


    It’s really disappointing when our lot gets outplayed in the passing aspect. Rafa is supposedly getting them playing more on that side of the game yet it doesn’t seem to be something that is consistent in our players, not yet anyway.

  • Yo-yo

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Even Manure are falling from their dizzy heights under the Special One – so poor games are not a Toon monopoly. Strangely Wolves lost 4-0 to Barnsley – who also lost yesterday, so our close competitors tripped up too. I don’t accept that Rafa was arrogant for one minute. He is very careful to show respect for the opposition.

    It doesn’t seem to matter any more whether we win or lose the postings on here rarely seem to rise above mutual slagging off.
    (I’m not pleading innocence here btw – Toontrolls can manage to rile me too, like most of us)

    You can always rely on …………… (add name of your own most aggressive WUM like poster) to drag things down.

    This evening’s threads are pretty typical.
    Wonder why that is ? I’m totally sure it wasn’t always this ill-tempered on here. The most frequent poster profile has changed since Beattie debate days.

  • Yo-yo

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Present company excluded of course….

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Less good discussion on the blog nowadays, which has lead to it being much quieter. Part of it is the arguments, but I thick a bigger cause is relegation, and the fact that fewer of us get to regularly watch the games now, so it makes it harder to discuss performances, players and tactics without people basing it on a particular dislike of a player, rather than the players actual performances.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Yo-yo@13 – I’ve done mine.

    You can always rely on ..JIB…to drag things down.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 18, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #17

    I think there are a lot who come on here that could start an argument in a Trappist monastery.

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 18, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #18



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