Report – Newcastle Still Want To Sign Brentford Playmaker

Newcastle almost signed Alan Judge of Brentford last August but seemed to pull out of the deal at the last moment when they realized his recovery from a double fracture of his right leg would take longer than they had expected.

Alan is only just returning to training at Brentford and Sky Sports is today reporting that both Newcastle and promotion rivals Brighton are interested in signing the player.

Alan Judge – Newcastle still interested

Alan’s contract runs out in June so he will come at alow price, maybe as low as £600K as reported recently in the Chronicle.

Sky Sports are reporting that Judge hopes to make his comeback at the end of this month and he will have been out almost 10 months after breaking his leg at Portman Road in April last year.

The Brentford manager Dean Smith today at his press conference said the club are only focused on getting Alan playing again and that he could potentially play 10-12 games before the end of the season.

Brentford will consider selling their player in January so they would at least get something for him before he becomes a free agent in the summer and available on a free transfer.

It will still be a bit of a risk to buy a player who is still not fully match fit so we’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle go back in for the 28 year-old Brentford playmaker.

But the Sky Sports report is suggesting that’s exactly what we will do.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Armstrong won’t benefit much if anything from returning from Barnsley to effectively be an extra training bib at Newcastle. The club either need to find a club for him where he’ll play, not easy at Championship level, a level he is unproven at, or he needs to battle on at Barnsley and contend with the realities of earning a game at a decent level. He won’t get game time or even a place on the bench should he return, with Perez, Diame, Gayle, Mitro and Murphy ahead of him, and next season he’ll be further away. He’s knocking on the door at a serious level now, and finding out just how good you have to be.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Very good player, even if we don’t sign him I hope he comes back the same player as before the injury. Would be a good addition to the team and I think he can make the step up to the premier league.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Regardless of what happens this season, Armstrong would need to be loaned out again next season. If rowett was in charge I could picture him doing well at Birmingham under him.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Is Jail for Ashley lost at sea? It’s a less familiar place without him.

  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #5

    We need to get some deccent players in asap

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #6

    What’s shola up to nowadays?

  • toonie

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Well worth a gamble as Shelvey missing has shown up our weakest area for cover. Promotion worth Millions 600,000 No Brainer!!!

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Knowing what we know now I wish we’d sold Perez and given Armstrong a run out with the first team.

  • sparky55

    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #9

    An absolute no brainer…he’ll come back good or he’ll come back bad…the risk is10 weeks wages for Shelvey plus 40k a week wages for the lad…it’s nowt in the scheme of things

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Perez and Gayle have struggled to build a functional relationship on the pitch. It’s hard to imagine Armstrong doing any better, with far less achievement under his belt. Perez would look far better off Mitros’ shoulder, but Gayles’ goals and his excellent double act with Shelvey means he must play.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #11


    I can’t see why you’d think Perez would be a better player with Mitro.

    If he’s any good he should be able to function well in the set-ups he’s been in.

    He will probably disappear for long periods of the game no matter who he’s playing with.

    It’s a real shame he seems to have lost his mojo after starting so promisingly.

    Having said that I reckon he”ll probably start against Brum.

  • lesh

    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Steak and Kidney

    Jail’s probably auditing the Rafa bingo entries. 😉

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Bill, I think Perez and Gayle tend to want the same space, and also neither has a great physical presence. I think this is why Perez has disappointed. I think he’s far better off a bigger target man, or in the withdrawn role behind a big man. He’s still a good player.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2017 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #14


    Yeah I don’t doubt his ability but he should be able to produce more than he does regardless of who he plays with. I would have hoped to have seen more of George Eastham type of player from him.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 6, 2017 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Time for bed, Goodnight you night owls.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 6, 2017 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Perez is a talented player. He’s just had the misfortune to play under a series of dullard managers at NUFC. Like Mbemba and Mitrovic, his career will take off when he moves on, no doubt.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Bill, I can’t agree with that. Certain players compliment each other, others not as much. Shelvey and Colback, as opposed to Hayden and Colback for example.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Rafa’s no dullard, but Perez, Mitro and Mbemba have found their progress hindered by the simple practicalities of ensuring promotion.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 6, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Steak and kidney

    Perez has had more than enough chances to prove himself, Both at Pl level and in the championship. And to be honest he’s failed miserably at both.
    The lads been played as a pairing up front,As a lone striker. Been played all across the midfield to find a position that suits him and has done nothing.
    Everyone was more than happy to get rid of Wignaldum because he went missing in away games…Fair point, But Perez does it virtually every time he plays.
    I’ll have a friendly bet mate he will never succeed at this club because he simply ain’t good enough.
    When Barca was sniffing around for a reported 20 mill we should have drove him to the airport ourselves

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Jazzy, Perez has attracted genuine interest from top clubs, so I think “failed miserably” is quite inaccurate. I do accept that he has failed to kick on this season though, and I have given what I think are the reasons for it. I’ll take you up on that friendly wager, not because I think he’ll necessarily succeed at Newcastle, most players don’t, but because I think he’ll have a successful career at a higher level than the Championship either with us or elsewhere.

  • SA Toon

    Jan 6, 2017 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree with Steak and Kidney. I think Mitro is key to a player like Perez as he creates the space in which Perez can operate. Mitro has the physicality to hold up the ball and create opportunities for other players. I still want to see Mitro and Gayle get more time together. Perhaps we will get that chance now that Dianne has gone to Afcon.

  • giimps

    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if Rafa might try Sameobi in the 10 role, he has tricks can dribble and has a sweet left foot.
    Perez aint doing it there ,Gouffy possibly could with Sameobi down the left.
    Cant believe im advocating giving Sameobi a coupleof try outs but he looked ok the couple of games i saw him at bolton…….he certainly has more physicel strength and height than either Gouffy or Perez and is probably quicker….maybe worth a look?


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