By Dominic Toner
Newcastle will not sign Brentford playmaker Alan Judge in this transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.
However, Sky Sports’ north-east correspondent Keith Downie revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening that the 27-year-old will be a target for the Magpies in the January window.
Reports emerged last week that Judge was in line to sign for Newcastle and the Evening 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.
As we reported initially, understand that Judge would be for the January window. https://t.co/pRdvnzMtq5
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 30, 2016
The Sun claimed that Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has held talks with the Brentford playmaker but any potential move for the Irishman would be delayed due to his recovery from injury.
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.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are set to announce a deal for a 20-goal striker.