In­the know

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

BLACK­BURN are in the hunt to re-sign Alan Judge when he leaves Notts County at the end of the sea­son.

The 24-year-old made his way through the ranks at Ewood Park be­fore be­ing re­leased to join Notts County in Jan­uary 2011.

But the two-yeardeal he signed is up in the sum­mer and he has re­fused an ex­ten­sion.

The former Repub­lic of Ire­land un­der-21, who hails from Dublin, had two loan spells at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle and is ready to move again.

The Mag­pies re­fused to sell him when the trans­fer win­dow was open at the start of the year when he was the tar­get of a host of clubs, in­clud­ing Rovers.

It is un­der­stood they are still in­ter­ested de­spite be­ing with­out a per­ma­nent man­ager and fight­ing against rel­e­ga­tion.

Brighton & Hove Al­bion have also been keep­ing tabs on him over the last few months and will en­ter the bid­ding as well.

Charlton Ath­letic are also keen on Judge, dubbed the Ir­ish Messi by County fans who hold him in high re­guard.

County could re­gret let­ting him leave for noth­ing af­ter also turn­ing down £500,000 from Ipswich Town at the end of last sea­son. FORMER Portsmouth striker Sve­toslav Todorov could use a trip to Frat­ton Park this week to play in a char­ity match to se­cure a move back to the club.

Todorov is cur­rently a free agent and is fly­ing in from Bul­garia to play in a game be­tween a Portsmouth XI and Her­mann Hrei­dars­son’s Ice­landic side IBV. DERBY are lead­ing the race to land Dundee United hot shot Johnny Rus­sell in the sum­mer.

The 23 year-old has spent six sea­sons at the Tan­nadice club but has caught the eye of a num­ber of English scouts. He has scored 20 goals in 35 ap­pear­ances this sea­son and is likely to be head­ing South of the Bor­der.

Rus­sell is rated at around £1.8 mil­lion by United and was a tar­get for Crys­tal Palace in Jan­uary and they are set to re­new their in­ter­est with Wil­fried Zaha mov­ing to Manch­ester United.

But Nigel Clough is ready to test the re­solve of Palace to grab the striker. Rus­sell, who has earned Scot­land un­der-19 and un­der 21 hon­ours, is yet to be to break into se­nior Scot­land set up.

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