Should Newcastle consider signing Victor Valdes on a free transfer?

Manchester United's Victor Valdes

The former Barcelona and Manchester United man is available on a free contract this summer.

Manchester United's Victor ValdesVictor Valdes is available on a free transfer

Although Newcastle United suffered relegation to the Championship from the Premier League last season, there is a sense of renewed optimism among the Toon Army with Champions League winning manager Rafa Benitez at the helm.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesWould Rafa consider a move for Valdes?

Many fans have cited how his standing within the game could prove pivotal in attracting players that would have previously been deemed too good for England's second tier.

Should the Magpies attempt to take advantage of this pulling power and bring in free agent Victor Valdes? It would make perfect sense in the event of two separate scenarios.

Newcastle United's Tim KrulNewcastle United's Tim Krul has been heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park

Firstly, the speculation surrounding the future of current number one Tim Krul has been intensifying, with The Newcastle Chronicle reporting that Everton are stepping up their interest in the Dutch international. Valdes would be an experienced, ready made replacement for Krul should he leave for pastures new.

Secondly, if Krul did stay on Tyneside, having someone of Valdes' calibre around the club would not only provide incredible competition for the Dutchman, but his knowledge and technique would surely be something that Krul could actually learn from.

Valdes' record speaks for itself, with six La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and three Champions League medals to his name, and should Newcastle make a move for the former Spain international it would surely be one that would improve them immeasurably. 

Victor Valdes - FC Barcelona celebratesValdes' record at Barcelona speaks for itself

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