Newcastle United are planning a surprise offer to take Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on emergency loan as they look to cover for recent injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot over the busy Christmas period.
Alan Pardew's first and second choice keepers have both been sidelined so Jack Alnwick made his Premier League debut during the Magpies' surprise 2-1 victory over the Blues at St James' Park on Saturday.
However, with doubts around the 21-year-old's capability to make the No.1 spot his own, Newcastle are ready to make an approach for Chelsea's veteran Australian stopper, according to the Daily Star.
Schwarzer has made just 12 appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013, and currently finds himself way down the first-team pecking order behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech.
Jose Mourinho might be open to the idea of letting the 42-year-old gain some regular top-flight action, but it will depend on whether or not current No.2 Cech remains in west London beyond the January transfer window.
The Czech Republic international has been linked with a move away after losing his place in the Chelsea team to the impressive Courtois this season, and his departure would leave Mourinho short on cover in that specialist position.
Schwarzer has not played for Chelsea yet in 2014/15, but would be promoted to first reserve if Cech secured a transfer in the mid-season window, ruling out any possibility of joining Newcastle - even on a temporary basis.
Pardew will be hoping that an agreement can be reached soon after acknowledging the need to bring in additional cover between the sticks having already raised concerns about Alnwick's suitability for an extended run in the Premier League.
"I don't know whether he is good enough or not if I am honest," admitted the former West Ham and Southampton boss. "He hasn't played. So what are we going to do?"
The fact that Alnwick is about to enter the final six months of his contract suggests that Newcastle see no future for the youngster on Tyneside, but now they could be forced into offering him renewed terms if he continues to be selected in the senior team.