Newcastle didn’t so ahead and sign Alan Judge of Brentford in the summer, even though the fee was agreed between the two clubs and Judge was anxious to join the Rafa Revolution at Newcastle.
But the Chronicle has reported a number of times, including today, that they think Newcastle will sign him in January when the double fracture of his right leg should have healed very well indeed.
Alan Judge – Brentford midfielder
So we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Alan joined us in January when he will have turned 28.
We are hoping by then we will be very well positioned in the Championship – but we have learned over the last three years of disappointment and frustration that you cannot bank on anything at Newcastle.
But Alan would seem to be a very good signing for Newcastle and at a very good price and it would seem like an excellent opportunity for the player.
The other player Newcastle could be keen on in January, especially if we are doing well in the Championship, is Irish International midfielder James McCarthy of Everton.
Crystal Palace and Leicester City are two clubs said to be interested in the player, but a Newcastle United under on the comeback trail with Rafa Benitez could be a strong attraction for a good player who wants to play in the Premier League.
James McCarthy – Everton midfielder
If Newcastle are looking like we will get promoted in January Rafa will likely want to sign a few players to further strengthen the squad.
That would be with the able assistance of Managing Director Lee Charnley who did so well in the summer.
It could be a lot cheaper than going after them in the summer when we could be a Premier League club again – when other clubs know all the money the PL clubs get each May.
The new deal started in the summer gives clubs anywhere from £100M to £180M – up from £60M to £100M in the old three years deal which ran out in the summer.
What do you think?