Newcastle United are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, but they have yet to make serious progress in their search. It
is thought that Rafa Benitez doesn’t fully trust any of the keepers on his books and wants to bring a player in to be the club’s number one in their first season back in the Premier League.
They need to be a big character who will be able to cope with the pressure, while the Magpies’ boss also wants a keeper that is comfortable with their feet.
Here are three players that they should target…
Alphonse Areola – Paris Saint Germain
The PSG stopper has been loosely linked with a move to the North East, although there are doubts regarding the reliability of the sources reporting the rumour. If Newcastle are interested in the Frenchman, it could turn out to be one of the coups of the window. He has shown his ability during three good loan spells, with his period at Villarreal being particularly impressive. Benitez follows Spanish football closely and he will be aware of Areola.
There was a period towards the end of 2016 that he managed to usurp Kevin Trapp and play regularly for PSG. He started 14 times for them in Ligue 1 and made a further six appearances in the Champions League. The 24-year-old is clearly a talent and it would be a great move by Newcastle to bring him to the Premier League. It would be a difficult deal to do, but the potential of the player means that it is one worth attempting for the newly-promoted side.
Michel Vorm – Tottenham Hotspur
If Newcastle were to look for possible goalkeeping targets in the Premier League, there are few better options than Michel Vorm. He is the number two at Tottenham and a move to gain regular first team football may appeal to him at this stage of his career. At the age of 33, he still has a few seasons left at the top level. If he plays regularly this season, he could even go to the World Cup as the Netherlands’ number one if the Dutch qualify for Russia.
Last season, he made only five appearances in the Premier League and there will come a time when he wants to be a number one again before he retires. The Dutchman is a good shot-stopper and he is comfortable with the ball at his feet, as reflected by his distribution success rate of 75.4%.
Tottenham wouldn’t want to sell, but if an offer of £5-10 million came in, they could be tempted to deal. There hasn’t been a link made at this stage, but he ticks a lot of boxes and he is a player that Newcastle should consider.
Victor Valdes – Free agent
The Spanish goalkeeper is a free agent after suffering relegation with Middlesbrough last season. It would be a deal that makes financial sense for the club and allow them to spend their budget on other positions. Valdes did well in the Premier League and looked comfortable at this level. He certainly fits the criteria that Benitez is looking for and it would be a good short-term solution to their problems in goal.
In terms of his ability, he is good enough for the Premier League and he is willing to play the ball out with his feet, which is something Newcastle are looking for. However, it will be off the pitch that he is most appealing, as he has plenty of experience and a winning mentality. He has played at some of the world’s biggest clubs. The relegation last season was a stain on his CV and he will be keen to put that behind him quickly. A move could make sense for both club and player.