Five emergency loan options for Newcastle United, including Butland, Friedel and Al Habsi

Jack Butland Team GB

With Tim Krul, Rob Elliott and now Jak ALnwick all injured, could Newcastle turn to Chelsea, Hull City, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur or Wigan Athletic for help?

Newcastle United were sent tumbling out of the League Cup last night as Tottenham Hotspur ran rampant at White Hart Lane.

They were also helped by the unfortunate performance of goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who many felt was to blame for at least a couple of the Tottenham goals.

The youngster has been thrown into the frying pan recently, with games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs and now, with Tim Krul and Rob Elliott expected to be out until mid-January, he has more pressure than ever on his shoulders to turn things around.

However, it now looks as though Alnwick is also injured. Alan Pardew confirmed last night that he was struggling with a shoulder problem and that Newcastle United would be seeking an emergency loan deal from the Premier League.

With their three front-line keepers out of action the league are likely to give Newcastle this reprieve, so who could they bring in?

It has to be domestic and a team who fee confident allowing a goalkeeper go out, meaning they must have plenty of cover, so here is five potential options for Newcastle to investigate further...

Mark Schwarzer

The Chelsea goalkeeper is currently third choice behind the world class talents of Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech. Courtois has had an injury recently, but is now believed to be fighting fit and the former Middlesbrough keeper might just make the move back to the North-East.

Ali Al Habsi

This is a name doing the rounds in the gossip columns and you can understand why. A proven Premier League stopper, Al Habsi has barely featured for Wigan Athletic in the Championship this season due to the form of Scott Carson.

With Lee Nicholls also in reserve Wigan would not miss Al Habsi if he departed.

Brad Friedel

Another experienced third choice stopper playing in London, Friedel is also a former Newcastle player - even if it was over 20 years ago!

Currently playing third wheel to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, Friedel is certainly an option.

Jack Butland

Or Newcastle could go younger with Stoke City stopper Butland. The talented England international has been loaned out to Championship sides in the past and Stoke might actually be happy to get him some regular Premier League action.

They have Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen in reserve and this looks, on paper, like the best possible option for The Toon.

Steve Harper

The Newcastle legend could return. Currently behind Allan McGregor and Eldin Jakupovic in the pecking order at Hull City he would relish a return to his beloved St James Park if given the opportunity.

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