In late August last year it looked like Newcastle were going to sign Brentford play-maker Alan Judge.
But once Newcastle found out that Alan would be out at least another five or six months with the double fracture of his right leg it was reported that Newcastle pulled out.
It’s not been clear since then whether Newcastle still have Judge as a potential target and it was no surprise we didn’t sign him in January since he was still not playing at Brentford.
Alan Judge – signing for Newcastle?
But Alan’s contract at Brentford runs out at the end of June and he’s made some interesting comments today in the Irish press.
Here’s what Alan Judge has said to the Irish Times today:
“I’ll find out what’s going to happen in the next week or so.”
“I’ll make a decision, but Brentford to me, at this moment in time, feels like the right place to be.”
“They have been good to me and I feel that when I’ve been playing I’ve been good for them.”
“Hopefully you’ll see a bit of news in the next few days.”
There are three different things that may be happening:
- Alan’s signed a contract extension to stay at Brentford
- He’s signed a pre-contract agreement to join Newcastle this summer
- He’s signed a pre-contract agreement to join another club this summer
The midfielder did comment just before the January transfer window opened about the Newcastle interest which obviously he was well aware of.
When the local press reported interest in the player in late August, Alan was supposed to be on his way to Newcastle for a medical and to sign along the dotted line.
This is some of what Alan said in late December:
“All I know is that there was contact with Newcastle in the summer. When I found out, I had just had the screws taken out of my leg.”
“I never went up to St James Park and had a medical, I never even left my couch.”
“I think they just wanted to see how far along I was. I wasn’t where they wanted me to be and I wasn’t where I wanted to be either.”
“So it wouldn’t have been fair on anybody to make the move at that time.”
“We’ll just wait and see on any move in January but it’s honestly the last thing on my mind at the moment.”
“It’s nice, it gives you great confidence when there’s interest from such a big club like Newcastle United, but after that went by, my mind was just on getting fit.”
“That’s the main thing.”
Since there have been transfer meetings taking place recently at Newcastle, it would not surprise us too much if Newcastle have agreed to the free transfer of Alan Judge and the announcement is he will join Newcastle in the summer.
If that announcement is made it also means Alan is willing to stay in the Championship if we are not promoted.
It’s either that or he has agreed to sign on and stay at Brentford.
The chances of him signing for another club are a long shot.
What do you think?