It might surprise you but four Sunderland and Newcastle goalkeepers are listed in the top half dozen transfer fees ever paid in the Premier League.
David de Gea is top of the price list thanks to the £18m that Manchester United paid for him, with two former Newcastle and two ex-Sunderland helping to make up this top half dozen.
The 6 most expensive Premier League goalkeepers listed by Sky Sports
£18m David de Gea (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United)
£10m Fraser Forster (Celtic to Southampton)
£9m Craig Gordon (Hearts to Sunderland)
£9m Simon Mignolet (Sunderland to Liverpool)
£7m Petr Cech (Rennes to Chelsea)
£7.5m Shay Given (Newcastle to Manchester City)
It is maybe surprising in these days of mega transfer deals that only one keeper has gone for more than £10m (though other reports claim that Spurs had paid up to £12m for Hugo Lloris from Lyon).
As you see from the list, Sunderland have both paid a top fee and also received a big one when they sold Mignolet.
In Newcastle’s case it is both for goalkeepers who left St James Park.
The excellent Shay Given leaving NUFC for Manchester City after he’d finally had enough, in January 2009 when Joe Kinnear was in charge.
The other one being England international Fraser Forster – Newcastle receiving £2m from Celtic in summer 2012 and then around the same amount again as part of a sell-on clause when Southampton paid that £10m fee to the Scottish club.
I’ve often thought that goalkeeper (and indeed the defence generally) has been an area of the team that Newcastle have consistently under invested in, and not just in the Mike Ashley era.
Ironically, the most Newcastle have ever paid for one, is for a goalkeeper that has none of us has ever seen play for United. Karl Darlow was part of a reported £7m double deal last summer along with Jamaal Lascelles, before being instantly loaned back to Forest. His part of the fee was said to be around the £4m mark, although this could include staged payments.
I’m guessing the £2m for Shay Given is then the next highest, Dalglish signing him from Blackburn.
After that….the likes of Tim Krul, Steve Harper, Lionel Perez, Kevin Carr, John Burridge, Jak Alnwick, Gary Kelly and others were all signed for nothing, or token amounts and/or came through the ranks.
Others such as Tommy Wright and Rob Elliot signing for hundreds of thousands rather than millions.
In fact the standout of Newcastle goalkeepers in terms of fees was definitely Dave Beasant. United used part of the Paul Gascoigne fee (from Spurs) to splash out £750,000 for the Wimbledon keeper, a fee which at the time was a record for a goalkeeper in the English top tier.
That buy 27 years ago proved a disaster, with Newcastle relegated and Beasant lasting five months before heading off to Chelsea for a slightly lower fee.
In terms of Newcastle spending on defenders in modern times, the money paid for Jonathan Woodgate and Fabricio Coloccini stands out above the rest.
The sales of Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have left Newcastle seriously short of numbers in defence as well as an ongoing lack of quality.
With talk of Tim Krul potentially leaving there is the possibility of a whole new look defence, though my money is on him staying.
Real investment at centre-back is a massive priority as far as most fans are concerned at the minute, an absolute minimum of one proven quality centre-half is needed, though two of them would be much preferred.