Newcastle United fans have offered a mixed reaction to rumours about signing Alban Lafont.
According to L'Equipe, Newcastle, Roma and Napoli will battle over signing the highly-rated Toulouse goalkeeper, with Transfermarkt pricing him at around £16 million.
It's no secret that the Magpies have a whole host of goalkeepers, with Martin Dubravka, a loan signing from Sparta Prague, keeping Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow out of the side, while exciting academy prospect Freddie Woodman is on loan in Scotland for the time being.
And although some fans of the St James's Park side are enthused about the link to Lafont, others do not believe that it is credible at the moment.
Lafont is one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, I’d be surprised if Real, PSG and June weren’t looking at him— Samuel Brown (@sammyb9999ipad1) March 12, 2018
Two top keepers wouldn't be too bad to have on our books.— Kegging Keegan (@KeggingKeegan) March 12, 2018
However much I’d love to get Lafont, it kinda defeats the point of being able to buy Dubravka at the end of his loan— Harry NUFC Wilding (@HarrySSKWilding) March 12, 2018
yeah this ain’t happening he’s gonna cost about 25 million— ross (@gartross) March 12, 2018
Suspect it would be one for the future— Martin Garrick (@MGCOACHSALES) March 12, 2018
Aye coz 4 keepers aren't enough— Anderson (@k1ando2) March 12, 2018
Neither of them are going to want to be on the bench though, Dubravka’s come in and played brilliantly and Lafont has the potential to be one of the best keepers in the world and won’t want his development to be stunted by sitting on the bench— Harry NUFC Wilding (@HarrySSKWilding) March 12, 2018
How many keepers we want like— Anderson (@k1ando2) March 13, 2018
Some fans are right - it doesn't seem viable at the moment.
Not only would he cost a lot of money - more than Rafael Benitez can afford to spend on a goalkeeper - but Dubravka will surely be signed on a permanent basis this summer, having impressed in a big way so far, while Woodman is one for the future.
Signing Lafont would be very exciting, but with Napoli and Roma also in the mix, coupled with the other factors, it seems hugely improbable.