Newcastle United supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side narrowly beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday, in turn propelling them up to seventh place in the Premier League table.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the basement club having drawn their preceding two league games against Liverpool and Southampton, but would have viewed a visit from Roy Hodgson’s Eagles as the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. And they did just that thanks to a first goal of the season from midfielder Mikel Merino, who rose highest to nod home Matt Ritchie’s corner to secure a fourth win of the campaign for the Magpies, in turn moving them up to seventh place in the division.
And, unsurprisingly, several of our resident Newcastle fans have been toasting their side’s efforts in the Tavern this week, and they are likely to be further encouraged if a recent report from El Pais (via The Shields Gazette) is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that the Magpies are interested in a move for Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
The 36-year-old made the move to the Portuguese giants back in 2015 after ending a 25-year association with European heavyweights Real Madrid, with whom he earned over 700 appearances and helped to five La Liga titles, as well as three Champions League triumphs.
But now Casillas, widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time, could be heading for the exit door at Porto as the club are reportedly seeking to offload some of their highest earners, of which the 2010 World Cup is one.
And Benitez’s Newcastle, as well as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain, are reportedly interested in landing the Spanish shot-stopper in a bid to bolster their own goalkeeping ranks.
But whether they are indeed able to get a deal done for the 36-year-old remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Without doubt, Iker Casillas is one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever played the game, and has the honours and titles to match such a statement.
Five La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns, two European Championship victories, and a World Cup winner underlines the 36-year-old’s immense standing in the game, and he may just make a move to the Premier League after all.
Current club Porto are reportedly seeking to offload the club’s biggest earners, and Rafa Benitez, formerly the manager at Real Madrid where Casillas had much of his success, is reportedly interested in bringing him to St James’ Park.
The Magpies tried to bring a goalkeeper in during the summer, and although Rob Elliot has done well so far, the Spaniard may want a more experienced and reliable option between the sticks.
But whether they can pay the wages and convince Casillas of a move to the North East is of huge doubt.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!