By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are maintaining their interest in Brentford winger Alan Judge, according to a report.
The Chronicle has claimed that the Magpies are looking to add a left winger in January and 28-year-old Judge is one of Rafa Benitez’ targets.
It is stated that the north east giants are targeting an attacking wide man with 24-year-old Christian Atsu leaving for the African Cup of Nations in January, while Yoan Gouffran’s deal will expire in the summer with negotiations yet to have started on a new contract.
Judge is reportedly one of the Spaniard’s targets to come in during the winter and the attacker has rose to fame in the last year.
The Brentford star has been in top form for his club, which saw him receive international recognition from the Republic of Ireland in March, marking his full debut with a start in his country’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland.
However, after joining the Bees permanently in 2014 from Blackburn his contract is set to expire in the summer.
The experienced man has also not featured during this campaign after suffering a double lower-leg fracture in April, but the report states he is edging closer to fitness.
Judge finished last season in the PFA Championship Team of the Year, Football League Team of the Year and was named Brentford’s Player of the Year after scoring 14 goals and providing 12 in 39 encounters.
Football Insider verdict:
Judge would be a very clever signing by Newcastle given his experience of playing in England’s second tier. The Magpies made a number of high quality players who were hugely experienced of playing in the Championship in the summer and Judge would fit in with this transfer method. It has proven to be very successful for Newcastle so far as they sit one point clear at the top of the table. Also, given that Atsu and Gouffran’s future at the club is still in doubt then Judge is a very necessary signing and could be obtained quite cheaply due to his contract winding down.
In other Newcastle transfer news, top Euro club’s are circling around this Magpies ace.