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.
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.