Casillas could be ideal stop-gap for Newcastle until Woodman is ready

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Newcastle have been linked with a move for former Real Madrid stalwart Iker Casillas in January.

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Newcastle United have been linked with a January move for experienced Spanish keeper Iker Casillas in January (AS).

Rafa Benitez is reportedly looking to bring a more experienced keeper to the club in January ahead of what looks set to be an eventful second half of the season.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager has reportedly outlined 36-year-old Iker Casillas, who has six months left on his contract with FC Porto, as a potential January signing.

Iker Casillas of Porto reacts during the Primeira Liga match between Sporting CP and Porto at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 1, 2017 in Lisbon, Lisboa.

With Karl Darlow and Rob Elliott struggling to nail down a starting role and Freddie Woodman still not deemed ready for his first-team breakthrough, Casillas could be the perfect stop-gap for The Magpies until 20-year-old prodigy Woodman is ready to start.

After winning the Golden Glove award as England won the under-20 World Cup in the summer, Newcastle fans are eager to see the academy graduate break into the first team.

Newcastle's 17 year old substitute goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in action before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on December 28, 2014...

However, with a potential relegation battle ahead, an experienced head such as Casillas, who is Spain's all-time record appearance holder with 167 international caps, could be the difference between Premier League survival and an instant return to the Championship.

Over 17 years at Real Madrid Casillas established himself as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time and would represent an excellent signing for Newcastle. Woodman is certainly one for the future, but throwing him into such pressuring circumstances could be detrimental to his development.

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