Why Newcastle must take up Saint Etienne's offer and sign Stéphane Ruffier

The 29-year old will be available in January, according to reports.

A report in the Chronicle today claimed that Newcastle would be offered St Etienne goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier in the January transfer window and if true, it’s an offer they must take up.

Tim Krul’s season-ending injury has been a huge blow and with second-choice Karl Darlow currently sidelined too, it has fallen on third-in-line Rob Elliot to cover between the sticks.

The former Charlton Athletic man has struggled with injuries himself, with a recurring thigh issue plaguing his last ten months, and the Magpies are just one more setback away from relying on the untried and untested Adam Woodman.

Ruffier meanwhile, is about as experienced a pro as it’s possible to get and would add real presence behind the Newcastle back line.

The 29-year old only signed a new deal at the Ligue 1 club last September but they are thought to have offered him to the Magpies this summer, only for the advance to be rejected.

St Etienne clearly want to cash in on one of their prized assets before his value dwindles further and the Chronicle report that a fee of around £7 million would be enough to secure the Frenchman.

Ruffier has made 358 appearances in his career to date and has been linked with prestigious moves over the past few years.

He has struggled to feature on the international stage, due mainly to a certain Hugo Lloris, but his quality is undeniable and he could well prove to be the difference between relegation and survival if Newcastle decide to take action.

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