Report: Newcastle keen on Marseille's Steve Mandanda, could rival Aston Villa

Steve Mandanda

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City are reportedly pursuing Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

According to the Daily Mirror, a total of three Premier League clubs are pursuing Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda ahead of the January transfer window.

Mandanda, 30, has long been rated as one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe, having racked up over 400 appearances for Marseille since joining from Le Havre in 2007.

The French international, who could also have played for the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been known for his outstanding reactions between the sticks - but his future in France looks sketchy at best.

Mandanda's contract expires at the end of the season, meaning Marseille may look to cash in on the veteran goalkeeper rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

Now, The Mirror report that three Premier League clubs want to sign the contract rebel, with Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City all allegedly looking at him.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been heavily criticised this season, and new manager Remi Garde will certainly be familiar with Mandanda having managed against him as Lyon boss, making Villa Park a very realistic move in January.

Norwich City currently have youngster Declan Rudd in goal after a poor run of form for John Ruddy, and could look to bring in a clear first choice stopper, but Newcastle is a particularly interesting destination.

The Magpies saw Tim Krul's season end back in October after a knee injury, whilst Karl Darlow has also been out injured this term, leaving Rob Elliot between the sticks.

Bringing in an experienced goalkeeper with international and Champions League experience could be a smart move from manager Steve McClaren, and Mandanda would fit the bill perfectly given that he could be available for a cut-price fee in January.

It looks like there will be a fierce race for Mandanda's signature in January, and he may well end up in the Premier League if speculation is to be believed - but which club remains to be seen.

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