Transfer insider Dean Jones reckons that Newcastle will try and sign a goalkeeper this summer.
January proved a productive window for Eddie Howe, who managed to bring in five new players before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
However, the Toon Army boss wasn’t able to add a new shotstopper to his squad.
What is Newcastle’s currently goalkeeper situation?
It doesn’t come as a great surprise that Newcastle are hoping to sign a goalkeeper. In their 21 top-flight games this season, they’ve chopped and changed on a regular basis.
Freddie Woodman started the campaign as the number one, playing 90 minutes in the first four Premier League fixtures. But after suffering a hip injury, he ended up being demoted to third-choice and after failing to make another appearance, was loaned out to Bournemouth on deadline day.
Woodman’s absence allowed Karl Darlow to get his chance, although he failed to keep a clean sheet in eight games and was dropped after conceding 15 goals during that period.
That saw Martin Dubravka come into the side and while he’s made some costly mistakes, both of Newcastle’s clean sheets this season have come with him in the team. Furthermore, results have generally improved, with the Slovakian international producing an inspired performance against Leeds before the winter break.
Regardless, Downie expects Howe to be in the market for a new keeper when the summer window comes around.
What did Downie say about Newcastle?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Newcastle will look for a new goalkeeper this summer.”
Who could Newcastle sign?
According to El Nacional, the Magpies were preparing a “lucrative” offer to sign Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen last month, although they would surely have to break the bank to sign the German, especially considering he has a £67m release clause.
Therefore, a more realistic addition would be Dean Henderson. The Manchester United stopper hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season and was on Newcastle’s radar.
Henderson told Ralf Rangnick that he wanted to leave the Old Trafford club ahead of the January window having fallen behind David de Gea in the pecking order. But the German manager wanted three senior goalkeepers on his books and therefore blocked him from leaving despite interest from Watford and Ajax.
But the summer should give United the chance to sign another first-team keeper to provide competition for De Gea, which could pave the way for Henderson to join Newcastle.