Anyone who watched Rob Elliot’s performance against a usually rampant Manchester City on Wednesday night could argue that Newcastle United are acting a little hastily in their attempts to bring a new number one to Tyneside.
Elliot was in inspired form against the runaway leaders, producing one sensational reflex save to deny Sergio Aguero and restrict City, who have averaged over three goals a game this season, to a narrow 1-0 win at St James’ Park.
Nonetheless, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is expected to still push ahead with a deal to sign one-time Spanish international Kiko Casilla in the January transfer window, as reported by The Mail.
And as reported by Marca, The Magpies could be handed Casilla on a plate. Because the report describes Real Madrid’s signing of Athletic Bilbao stopper Kepa as ‘imminent’ – and points out that the 31-year-old will be unlikely to play any sort of role in the second half of this season.
It is understood that Kepa will compete with Keylor Navas for the number one jersey, meaning Casilla will be forced down to third choice. As such, Marca states that he would be unlikely to even feature in the Copa del Rey with Real keen to give the highly-rated Kepa as much game time as possible.
Therefore, Madrid will let Casilla leave if he so desires – and Newcastle will be waiting in the wings.
The former Espanyol goalkeeper is known well by Benitez. After all, it was he who brought Casilla to the Bernabau during his one and only transfer window at the helm in the summer of 2015.