Judge and Elliott deals ‘dead in the water’ while Lambert plays down Keane return
Town boss Paul Lambert has confirmed that deals for Alan Judge and Tom Elliott are both ‘dead in the water’
QPR have been pursing Judge all summer and when asked if the London club have ended their interest, Lambert replied: “I think it’s put to bed.”
When asked if the thought of losing Judge so close to the season would be a blow: “Yeah, but that’s not my concern though, my concern is the lack of players coming in, that’s my concern,” he insisted.
Lions striker Elliott was at Town for a medical on Monday but with his hamstring injury not recovered enough for the Blues to go through with the loan move.
“It’s not going to happen,” Lambert added. “Things like that fall through, that’s football and I don’t mind all that sort of stuff.”
If asked if he is now going to have to loan players in instead of on a permanent basis, Lambert said: “I don’t know. Honestly, that’s me being totally honest. All I’m interested in is the game tomorrow, everything else after that will happen.”
Lambert played down the chances of former loanee Will Keane coming into his thoughts: “Will did really well and got a really bad injury with his hamstring.
“I don’t know what he’s been doing training-wise, or if he’s been training with a team or individually, you can’t compare training individually to a team, it’s impossible because you’ll never get the fitness back.
“So, even if we were to sign Will Keane the number of weeks it would take him to get up to speed could easily be into September, eight or nine games. So the likelihood would be no.”
One player Lambert has secured is keeper Will Norris from Wolves, a keeper Lambert rates highly: “I saw Will playing a couple of times, and he’s a really, really good goalkeeper,” he said. “[Tomas] Holy’s been performing well and Will Norris the times I saw him was excellent, so two really good goalkeepers.
“Bart had to go because he needed a change for himself, and I think a change for him will be really good.”
Another player who has signed is defender James Wilson. The former trialist has signed a deal until the end of 2019: “We have to because we’re very short,” Lambert continued. “Luke [Chambers] is out [suspended], Toto [Nsiala] is out [injured], and we’ve only got two kids [Luke Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba] so we need something, we need to try and do something, so we’ll see how things go, but it’ll be sort-term that one.
“He’s just done really well, James. I think he’s a really good footballer, he’s not frightened to go in where it hurts, he’s got experience as well in that area. To go with two really young ones would be a big, big ask.”