Fernando Muslera would be a better option for Newcastle than Geronimo Rulli

Rafa Benitez manager of Newcastle United gives a thumbs up as he celebrates victory and promotion after the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St...

Newcastle are reportedly interested in a pair of South American goalkeepers - and Fernando Muslera looks like an ideal fit.

Robert Elliot of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Brighton, England.

While Newcastle United have continued a steady climb into the upper reaches of the Premier League in recent weeks, they still have a problem position in goal.

The combination of a solid defence, talented midfield and hardworking front line has occasionally been let down by struggling goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

And Rafa Benitez looks to have taken note, too, with The Sun reporting that Newcastle are interested in Real Sociedad's Geronimo Rulli and Galatasaray's Fernando Muslera.

Real Sociedad's goalkeeper from Argentina Geronimo Rulli (R) vies with Real Madrid's midfielder from Spain Isco (L) during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid CF...

Both would represent a significant upgrade on Elliot, but it is clear that one option would suit the Magpies much better than the other.

The report states that Muslera would cost just £8million - around half the asking price of Rulli - and, while Newcastle wait on the completion of a takeover, Benitez must still be wary of limited funds.

But beyond that, Muslera's experience and age would actually suit the current situation at St James' Park - even if Rulli has the youth and potential to develop into a top keeper.

Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match Peru vs Uruguay, in Lima on March 28, 2017.

Newcastle have handled young keepers poorly in the past and, for many years, watched Fraser Forster star for Southampton while they had an inferior option to a player who came through their youth set-up.

Benitez must ensure the same does not happen to Freddie Woodman, who is yet to make his first team debut at Newcastle.

Rulli's profile - he is just five years older than Woodman - could limit the England Under-21 star and avoiding such a scenario must be key to any January move.

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