By Harry Sykes
Newcastle are set to sign Brentford playmaker Alan Judge in January, according to a report.
The Sun claim the north-east giants will pay £10million to land the 27-year-old in the winter transfer window.
Reports emerged at the end of last month that Judge was in line to sign for Newcastle before the 31 August cut-off and the Chronicle’s chief football writer Lee Ryder revealed on his personal Twitter account that Judge was on his way to St. James’ Park for talks and a potential medical.
The Sun state that the deal did not go through because the move for the Irishman was delayed due to his recovery from a broken leg.
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 for around £300,000.
The 5ft 6in attacking midfielder flopped at Ewood Park but rejuvenated his career by scoring 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.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are set to announce a deal for a 20-goal striker.