By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans have reacted on Twitter after news broke of Brentford playmaker Alan Judge travelling to St James’ Park for talks.
The attacking midfielder is still undergoing treatment after breaking his leg last April for the Bees against Ipswich, but is set for talks and a potential medical.
The Evening Chronicle’s chief football writer Lee Ryder revealed via his Twitter account that the 27-year-old was on his way to St. James’ Park, as manager Rafa Benitez looks to bring in a ninth new signing.
Alan Judge of Brentford expected to arrive in Newcastle this afternoon for talks and potential medical #NUFC
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 23, 2016
Judge has less than 12 months remaining on his contract at Griffin Park and could be signed by the Magpies in a cut-price deal.
News of the ROI international’s arrival has been met with a pretty positive response, although his injury is giving some cause for concern.
Alan Judge is a risk for #Nufc considering his injury, but for the price, you'd be mad to not take a punt on his services
— E (@EvG_Football) August 23, 2016
The Chronicle believe the fee
for Judge will be between 2 and 3 million.
Pennies, really. Suppose it's worth the gamble#nufc
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) August 23, 2016
Alan Judge, another proper winger finally! Will be a good signing if he manages to get back to full fitness. 14 goals last season. #NUFC
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) August 23, 2016
Alan Judge is a decent signing for #NUFC. Exactly the type of player they need. Knows the league, creative influence.
— Nick Deal (@nick__deal) August 23, 2016
#NUFC fans question Judge incoming then Mbabu outgoing. Maybe just chill? Rafa's got this.
— Chutney (@andy_emmers) August 23, 2016
Alan Judge is going to smash a 25 yarder in to top corner tonight with his broken leg #nufc
— Gary (@Garyf29) August 23, 2016
Alan Judge with a snapped leg is still better than Gouffran, lads. Sign him up #nufc
— Brett Wilkinson (@brett1892) August 23, 2016
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 – he scored 16 goals in his last two seasons before moving to Blackburn Rovers.
A disappointing spell at Ewood Park saw him move to Brentford, where the 5ft 6in attacking midfielder scored an impressive 14 goals in 38 league games last season.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Ryder has also given an update on the Toon’s pursuit of this Wolfsburg striker.