A transfer expert has revealed that Thomas Strakosha now ‘wants’ a move to Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Too many goals conceded
Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Brentford at St James’ Park meant that the Magpies have now conceded no fewer than 27 goals in their first 12 Premier League games, the joint-worst record with Norwich City, as they sit bottom of the table (Premier League).
Should Newcastle sign Strakosha?
Karl Darlow was guilty of a bad mistake for Ivan Toney’s equalising goal to make it 1-1, as he let the ball slip through his fingers, suggesting that either he needs to be dropped, or the Tynesiders need to bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper in the January transfer window.
Newcastle have recently been linked with a move for Barcelona and Germany shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but given that they currently find themselves in a relegation battle, it could be very difficult to lure him away from the La Liga giants.
The Latest: Strakosha ‘wants’ move
As per journalist and transfer expert Ekrem Konur, Strakosha now ‘wants’ to move to the Magpies from Lazio.
He is out of contract in the summer and therefore can leave on a free transfer, but the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium may want to explore a potential cut-price deal in January.
The Verdict: Not a priority
As Eddie Howe already has Darlow, Martin Dubravka and Freddie Woodman already in his squad, signing another ‘keeper should not be a priority for now.
However, if they can offload a couple of those, then signing Strakosha – potentially on the cheap – would represent good business.
Once dubbed a ‘phenomenon’ by former Lazio goalkeeper Silvio Proto, the Albania international is playing at a high level in the Europa League, while he has also featured in the Champions League and Serie A (Transfermarkt).
His 6 foot 4 frame makes him a colossus, and possibly imposing to Premier League strikers, while he is only 26 years of age as well and will likely get better as he matures in between the posts.
Nonetheless, other clubs will surely be interested in an established ‘keeper who can leave for free in just a few months’ time, so the Magpies would need to pounce fast if they want Strakosha.
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