Brentford boss Dean Smith has been quizzed about a January offer for Alan Judge by Newcastle.
Reports had claimed Newcastle have made clear to the London club that they will pay around £600,000 to take the midfielder in January, even though he wouldn’t be fit to play yet.
When asked about the potential deal, Dean Smith says that he thinks ‘it is all a bit premature’.
The Brentford Manager says that over eight months after a horror double leg break against Ipswich, Alan Judge is still yet to take part in any training sessions, even though he is now in ‘a good place’ in his recovery.
Late in the August transfer window, the midfielder emerged as a surprise Newcastle transfer target, with even claims that it was a done deal and the player was on his way to Tyneside. However, the deal was reportedly stopped in its tracks when it became apparent to Newcastle that any return to playing football would be nearer Christmas.
Back then it was claimed that Newcastle would be back in January, with the big attraction being the player is out of contract in June and available for a relatively low fee.
After a low key career in the lower leagues, Alan Judge shot to prominence last season when scoring 14 goals fro midfield in 38 games, then being named by his fellow professionals in the Championship team of the year.
The Republic of Ireland international turns 29 next November but with signings such as Gamez and Murphy, Rafa Benitez has already shown that age is no longer any barrier to Newcastle signing players.
Brentford boss Dean Smith asked again about Alan Judge to Newcastle speculation – Speaking to Get West London:
“For all the talk of Alan Judge going anywhere, he has not had a training session yet.
“I think it is all a bit premature.
“We want Alan to get back to full fitness and return to the player he was.
“He’s in a good place and he’s striking balls but he has yet to be coming into the training sessions with the lads.”
Any signs of the player signing a new Brentford deal?:
“Not that I know of but that is one for the directors of football, not me.”