David de Gea is believed to be one of the options Newcastle are considering following Nick Pope’s injury.
The England international was forced off against Manchester United over the weekend after experiencing an issue with his shoulder. He’s now expected to spend a lengthy amount of time on the sidelines, with multiple reports claiming he will undergo surgery on a dislocated shoulder.
Eddie Howe turned to Martin Dubravka, who spent the first half of the last season on loan at Old Trafford, to see out the 1-0 lead against United on Saturday. Dubravka is one of the options Howe could rely on during his number one’s absence. Loris Karius, who played against United in the League Cup final, is also at his disposal.
Having said that, depending on the likes of Dubravka and Karius for several months in the season where his side is challenging for a top-four finish and hoping to do well in Europe would certainly be a very bold move from Howe.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper on Newcastle’s radar
Another option on the table for the Magpies is to explore the transfer market to find a suitable short-term replacement for the former Burnley star. According to the Daily Mail, De Gea is one potential option Newcastle have looked at.
The Spaniard remains without a club months after departing United following the expiration of his contract over the summer. The fact he would be available immediately makes him an attractive option for Newcastle.
According to the Telegraph, De Gea, who spent more than a decade in Manchester, is open to moving to Newcastle should Howe decide to make an approach. But as things stand, the manager reportedly first wants to see how Dubravka performs over coming weeks before jumping into the transfer market.