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Newcastle United are interested in snapping up Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha having scouted him in the Europa League this past week.

That’s according to The Sun, who claim that Newcastle scouts watched Strakosha in action against Marseille.

Newcastle allegedly hope to get Strakosha signed to a pre-contract agreement in January.

The Magpise would then like to offer Lazio a cut-price fee to try and force through an instant deal.

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Strakosha, 26, can leave Lazio for nothing next summer, and Newcastle are seemingly sensing a bargain.

The Albanian international has been one of Italian football’s top goalkeepers in recent years, but he could now be tempted to head to England.

Do Newcastle really need another goalkeeper in Strakosha?

Newcastle need to bolster a whole host of positions in January, but is goalkeeper really near the top of the priority list?

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Martin Dubravka is Newcastle’s best goalkeeper but he can’t even get a kick, with Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman also in contention.

Mark Gillespie offers cover too, with Newcastle having four senior goalkeepers at their disposal.

Strakosha is a quality goalkeeper in his own right, but Newcastle surely can’t justify a move without for him without offloading other goalkeepers first.

Defenders, midfielders, strikers… Newcastle need them all, but another goalkeeper can maybe wait – even if Strakosha is a great talent.

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