Report: Pardew to reject Newcastle's interest in Crystal Palace veteran Julian Speroni

Newcastle's interest in Crystal Palace in Julian Speroni will be snubbed, according to reports.

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew will reject an approach from Newcastle United for goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

The Magpies have endured remarkably bad luck with their goalkeepers this season, as first choice Tim Krul has been ruled out for the entire season with a knee injury.

Second choice stopper Karl Darlow is also out with an ankle injury, whilst Rob Elliot - who has been playing in the absence of Krul and Darlow - has now suffered an injury himself, leaving manager Steve McClaren with only teenage rookie Freddie Woodman to call upon.

With so many injuries, Newcastle could look to bring in an emergency loan from a Premier League rival - though teams are unlikely to be willing to send their players up to St. James' Park.

Finding a fringe goalkeeper good enough to step in will be hard for Newcastle, but The Sun report that the Magpies are targeting Crystal Palace's third choice stopper Julian Speroni, who has been frozen out by the emergence or Alex McCarthy and Wayne Hennessey this season.

However, it's stated that Palace boss Alan Pardew - who famously had a volatile relationship with Newcastle fans during his time in charge on Tyneside - will reject any approach from his former club for veteran goalkeeper Speroni.

The 36-year-old Argentine has made nearly 400 appearances for the Eagles since joining from Dundee in 2004, and has become a cult hero at Selhurst Park before finding first-team football hard to come by this season.

Speroni may be attracted by first-team football at Newcastle, but with such an affinity with Palace - and Pardew's reluctance to deal with his former club - it's no surprise that this deal looks unlikely to happen.

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