Newcastle will make a move for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha in January, according to Alan Nixon.
His latest exclusive for The Sun claims that a club scout was spotted watching the 6ft 4′ stopper in their Europa League clash with Marseille last week.
The 26-year-old, who has played 16 times for Albania, has been a bit-part player for the Rome giants, with veteran Pepe Reina being the preferred choice in the league and Strakosha featuring in Europe.
His contract expires at the end of the current season, but The Sun claim our new owners hope to snap him up for a cut-price fee when the window opens in eight weeks time.
If he did come to Tyneside, it would add to the ongoing goalkeeper dilemma that our new boss – likely Eddie Howe – will have to face.
Karl Darlow has been between the sticks ever since prospect Freddie Woodman was dropped for a string of errors, but first-choice option Martin Dubravka has returned to fitness and been on the bench for the last two games.
The arrival of another keeper will surely mean that someone from our current stable will have to be moved on, with local lad Mark Gillespie also still on the books at St James’ Park.