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Do Rafael Benitez's comment suggest Iker Casillas is on Newcastle United's wishlist?

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been linked with a move to Newcastle United in recent times.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Rafael Benitez’s suggestion to the Chronicle today that Newcastle United are to look for short-term improvements in January, could add fuel to the fire that Iker Casillas is set to move to St. James’ Park in January.

According to The Sun, Newcastle are looking at signing Casillas from Porto in the near year.

There has been some doubts over whether Newcastle would move for Casillas, who is now in the twilight of his career.

However, Casillas could fit in with exactly what Benitez is looking for in the January transfer window, after his comments earlier today.

Porto's Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas (R) and Portuguese midfielder Danilo Pereira take part in a training session at the Olival Training Centre in Vila Nova de Gaia on October 31, 2017...

The Spanish boss said: “The priority is to stay in the Premier League - not find the next best player for the next 10 years. We must make sure we have what we need to compete.

“We need to have the experience, physicality and quality to improve the team.”

Casillas may be of advancing years now, but he would bring with him a vast amount of experience to St. James’ Park.

Porto´s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas sits on the banch during the UEFA Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig v FC Porto in Leipzig, eastern Germany on October 17, 2017.

Given their reputations, Benitez would understandably feel that Casillas would be an upgrade on either Karl Darlow or Rob Elliot, and that could be crucial in the second part of the campaign.

Newcastle are currently looking nervously over their shoulders, after a poor run of form has seen them slip down to 14th in the Premier League table.

The Magpies have failed to win any of their last six matches, with their next outing coming against Leicester City at the weekend.

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