An agreed move for Brentford midfielder Alan Judge to Birmingham City collapsed in January, according to Vital Birmingham.

A fee in the region of £2 million had been agreed between the two clubs but a proposed move fell after it came to light that the Blues had not adhered to financial fair play restrictions.

Birmingham signed Brentford trio Jota, Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin in the summer and Judge could have been the next player to leave Griffin Park for the Midlands. However, they will have to wait until the end of the season if they are to move for him again.

Judge’s career has been affected by injury over the past 18 months. He suffered a broken leg in April 2016 and has only played four games since. There were whispers of him wanting to go out on loan in January to gain some game time, but he remained at Brentford.

Prior to his injury, Judge had helped the Bees gain promotion from League One and then scored 14 league goals in the Championship in the 2015/16 season which fired them into the Play-Offs. They unfortunately lost to Middlesbrough but Judge was a man in demand.

The 29 year-old had previously played for Blackburn Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Notts County before he joined Brentford in 2014. Birmingham City could have been his next move in January but he will now have to focus on fighting for a place in the Brentford side.

The Blues face a tough ask in trying to stay up this season but they certainly have the players to do it. It will be interesting to see what happens from now until the end of the campaign.

 


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