Aaron Ramsdale's future is bound to be a key talking point in the January transfer window, and Newcastle could make a move for the Arsenal goalkeeper following Nick Pope's injury.
Pope suffered a shoulder injury in the Magpies' 1-0 victory over Manchester United at the weekend and is set to undergo surgery which could see him miss much of the remainder of the season.
Some reports suggest Pope could face five months out. So, with Newcastle harbouring hopes of progressing in Europe and qualifying for the Champions League again next season, could they make an emergency move for Ramsdale in January?
Why Newcastle could make a move for Aaron Ramsdale in January
With Ramsdale losing his place as Arsenal's number one to David Raya, speculation has been rife regarding the Englishman's future. Ramsdale is intent on regaining his place from the Spaniard, but Mikel Arteta seems intent on sticking with Raya, who will join the club on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Since the former Brentford keeper usurped Ramsdale in the depth chart, the England international has played just three games and it's fair to say he didn't do enough to convince the boss.
For the sake of his England career, Ramsdale needs to be playing and he could seek a move away at the next possible opportunity with his situation unlikely to change when the January transfer window rolls around.
Several Premier League clubs have already been linked with a move, and Newcastle will surely consider the 25-year-old. A permanent deal wouldn't make much sense given that Pope is their long-term number one, but perhaps a loan would appease all parties if the Gunners sign a replacement.
Newcastle would be adding a fine Premier League shot-stopper to their ranks, Ramsdale will earn minutes for a Champions League hopeful, while Arsenal can rid themselves of any goalkeeping controversy discourse during the second half of the season. Moreover, Rambo wouldn't be eligible to feature when the two sides meet at the Emirates in February.
The Magpies will return to Martin Dubravka until January, while free agent David de Gea has been mooted as a possibility.