By Harry Sykes
Alan Judge’s potential move to Newcastle could be on hold until January, according to a report.
The Sun claim Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has held talks with the Brentford playmaker but may delay his move for the Irishman until January.
It is said that Newcastle could be prepared to wait for the 27-year-old, who has less than 12 months remaining on his contract at Griffin Park and would be cheaper in the winter window.
Reports emerged on Tuesday that Judge was in line to become Benitez’s ninth Newcastle signing of the summer, an accolade eventually awarded to DeAndre Yedlin when he signed from Tottenham on Wednesday afternoon.
The Evening Chronicle’s chief football writer Lee Ryder revealed via his personal Twitter account that the 27-year-old was on his way to St. James’ Park for talks and a potential medical.
Alan Judge of Brentford expected to arrive in Newcastle this afternoon for talks and potential medical #NUFC
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 23, 2016
But the Sun suggests that the move might not now go through before the transfer window shuts next Wednesday.
Former Real Madrid manager Benitez has identified Judge’s Championship experience as pivotal to the Magpies’ chances of an instant return to the top-flight.
Brentford’s number 18 came to prominence in England’s third tier, developing a reputation for being a goalscoring number 10 with League One outfit Notts County, where he scored 16 goals in his last two seasons before moving to Blackburn Rovers.
However, a disappointing spell at Ewood Park saw him move to Brentford. Last term, the 5ft 6in attacking midfielder scored an impressive 14 goals in 38 league games, with 12 assists.
Judge has not played since suffering a double-leg fracture against Ipswich in April, but the Magpies seem confident that a deal can be struck.
Benitez has become increasingly busy in the transfer market this summer, after already putting pen to paper on nine deals.
Premier League quartet Yedlin, Mohamed Diame, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle have signed, while defenders Ciaran Clark, Jesus Gamez and Grant Hanley have also moved to the Toon.
Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden and goalkeeper Matz Sels have also become part of Benitez’ revamp, and it remains to be seen whether Judge is the latest addition.
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