Report: Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot could join Derby on loan

Derby County manager Frank Lampard reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot could reportedly go out on loan to Derby County.

Robert Elliot of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2017 in London, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (13/1; page 59), Derby could pull off a deal to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot on loan as Frank Lampard seemingly looks for cover for Scott Carson.

Carson has been an ever-present for the Rams this term, but it would appear that Lampard would prefer some much more experienced backup for the 33-year-old.

 

Kelle Roos has been on the bench for all 27 of Derby's Championship fixtures this season. But the Dutchman is still awaiting his league debut for the club and has only made a handful of cup appearances at Pride Park since arriving from Nuneaton five years ago.

The Sun on Sunday (13/1; page 59) reports that Lampard has his eye on Magpies stopper Elliot, with a potential loan move on his radar heading into the business end of the campaign.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

The 32-year-old - who earns £25,000-a-week, according to Spotrac - has not played for Rafa Benitez's side this term. But he has been an excellent servant at St James' Park, having done fairly well whenever he has been given a run in the side, with 16 appearances coming in the Premier League last season.

It appears to be a wise move from Lampard to try and get an experienced stopper in to provide support and competition for Carson. Blackburn Rovers are down in 14th and yet, just six points off Derby who occupy the final play-off spot.

With 19 games to go, Millwall down in 20th surely cannot be completely discounted from the race just yet. So adding depth to the squad seems to be a clever decision, and Elliot would arguably be a very shrewd signing this month.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot holds the ball during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle United Training Centre on September 26, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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