Manchester United star Victor Valdes is interested in a move to Newcastle in January.
Newcastle United’s preferred media partner, The Mirror, says that the former Barcelona icon has accepted his Manchester United ‘career’ is over but he wants to stay in the Premier League.
If Newcastle can offer first team football then the report says that a move to Tyneside would be considered once the window opens in January.
To sum up just how out of favour the goalkeeper is at Old Trafford, he doesn’t even have a locker allocated to him at the training ground according to the newspaper.
Louis van Gaal won’t allow Victor Valdes to go to a rival in the Premier League and this was said to have ended previous interest from Liverpool.
Sitting rock bottom of the Premier League, it is unlikely the Man Utd manager would see a problem with Newcastle United taking his out of favour keeper.
Only 33 and the winner of six La Liga titles and three Champions League medals, whether Mike Ashley would countenance such a short-term move whilst potentially at the same time paying his existing goalkeepers to sit idly by, might be a bridge too far.
However, much will depend on how Elliot and/or Darlow and potentially 18 year old Freddie Woodman perform in the next few months, with Tim Krul out for at least the rest of this season.
If by January Newcastle look to be out of relegation trouble then I can’t see any way such a move for Valdes would be considered.
However, if the situation is similar to now, then surely Mike Ashley will be willing to try whatever in fighting relegation with so much at stake, including tearing up his ridiculous transfer ‘policy’ which rules out the majority of signings purely by a rigid age limit.