‘I’d be amazed’ - Alan Shearer makes major transfer claim as Newcastle United prepare for winter window

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Former Newcastle United star Alan Shearer has had his take on the club’s goalkeeping crisis.

Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer claims he would not be surprised if his former club made a move for a goalkeeper in the upcoming January transfer window. The Magpies are currently without first choice shot stopper Nick Pope who sustained a serious shoulder injury during his side’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United earlier in the month.

The ex-Burnley man has been imperative to the club’s success in recent seasons - but is likely to miss at least four months of action, making him a doubt for Euro 2024.

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Pope’s absence has had a detrimental effect on performances and results on the pitch and Eddie Howe’s side have lost both of their recent league games to Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst conceding a staggering seven goals in the process.

Martin Dubravka is reportedly nursing an injury which could even lead to a call up for third choice goalkeeper Loris Karius in tonight’s crucial Champions League clash with AC Milan. Both Karius and Dubravka have five games remaining in 2023 to stake their claim for a regular starting spot before the opening of the January transfer window.

Shearer believes that the club should use this opportunity to scour the market to strengthen the goalkeeping department.

The Newcastle legend told Premier League productions: "Nick Pope has been brilliant for Newcastle - shot-stopping and everything else - and there's a reason why he [Dubravka] has been a number two.

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“Having not played for such a long time, I get that it's difficult to come into the team, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if Newcastle were to go out and get a replacement for Pope in the next couple of weeks. If he gets injured then they're in trouble. To prepare and plan, I'd be amazed if they're not looking at different ideas now to bring another goalkeeper in."

Former Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is one name heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park. The 2013 Premier League winner has been a free agent since the end of last season, despite winning the Golden Glove for his clean sheet record last term.

Mail Sport claims De Gea is one potential option Newcastle have looked at. He would have obvious appeal given his pedigree, immediate availability and the fact he would not require a transfer fee, which is key with FFP rules.

Another potential target could be Pope’s England team mate Aaron Ramsdale. The Arsenal star was included in the PFA Team of the Season for his performances last term, but has struggled for regular action due to the arrival of David Raya in the summer.

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