News from France on Friday evening that Newcastle United have made an approach to Cedric Carrasso.

French football journalist Manu Lonjon has reported that the Magpies have made contact with the goalkeeper, in the hope of bringing him to St James Park for the upcoming Premier League season.

After eight years at Bordeaux, Cedric Carrasso is now a free agent after the Ligue 1 club released him at the end of last season.

Now 35, Carrasso moved from Marseille to Toulouse in August 2008 for £2m and played alongside Moussa Sissoko for one season.

Then a £7m move a year later saw the goalkeeper join Bordeaux where he played alongside another former Newcastle midfielder, Yoan Gouffran.

Rafa Benitez has been desperately looking for a new first choice experienced goalkeeper in this transfer window but difficult to see Cedric Carrasso coming in as first choice, even though he started 24 Ligue 1 matches last season.

However, with Freddie Woodman set to go out on loan and Tim Krul sent to train with the kids and totally sidelined, Carrasso could be seen as a cut price choice to make it three goalkeepers at Newcastle, alongside Elliot and Darlow.

Alternatively, if a new number one could be recruited, then Carrasso could compete with Elliot for the number two spot, as surely Karl Darlow could find another club after performing so well last season.

Carrasso made a handful of squads for the French senior team but only made one appearance back in 2011, keeping a clean sheet as France beat Poland 1-0.

Newcastle fans were hoping that the five signings made so far were a lead-up to one or two higher profile signings.

However, all of the recent links and reports point more towards Rafa Benitez having to look towards bargain basement buys/frees, such as potentially, Cedric Carrasso.



  • Leazes Ender

    Cedric Carrasso is in advanced talks with Sporting Lisbon.
    1 Cap
    Was out for ten weeks with knee injury at start of last season

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      that was quick

      • Leazes Ender

        Transfermarkt

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          I`m off to watch the Mackems get suffed

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Have you got a season ticket?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            No but i have Sky & Bt

        • Martin

          You annoy me but your transfermarkt posts are always amusing and pretty on the ball.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha ha ditto bud.

        • Paul Patterson

          Sorry, remind me what the point of Transfermarkt is?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Just when you think things can`t get any worse, they do. last time Rafa went for a Number 1 keeper it didn`t go so well, did it

    • TheFatController

      A man just off to watch the mackems saying our situation couldn’t get worse ……?

      I present exhibit A, the much worse-off mackems, m’lud….

    • Wor Lass

      No, he got a number two keeper!

  • Steve Pearce

    This link was probably farted out by Lee Ryder after a drinking session with Jabba The Hut….

  • Antenociticus

    How is this guy better than any of our existing goalkeepers?

    • Geordiegiants

      To be partial, have you seen him?

      • Antenociticus

        I watch a canny bit of Ligue 1, a good mate is from St Etienne (Allez les Verts!)
        Carrasso is a typical French keeper: good shot stopper, rarely catches the ball and very dodgy at crosses. Sounds like Sels. . .
        Bordeaux just bought a new keeper and didn’t renew Carrasso’s deal. At 35 I just see him as an older Matz Sels!

        • Mxpx

          Well Belgium is pretty much part of France they speak the language I’m happy to lump sels in as a typical French keeper saying this Hugo Lorris I’d sign all day but I think it’s a fantasy and unrealistic

  • Gary

    Its our strongest department yet we have wasted all summer chasing a keeper… sorry rafa i dont agree with ya

    • Santii

      we have very average/sh*t keepers. No where near are strongest.

      • Gary

        All 3 keepers are capable of doing a job in the prem we have other areas which are much more concerning…. remember the last keeper he bought

        • Santii

          No we don’t they are all poor keepers with massive holes in their games. You can go for more than one target at a time you know…

          • Gary

            We arent gonna sign any keeper that is better than what we have cos we arent prepared to spend money…. tell me a keeper that is bettwr than what we have that has premier league experience which rafa says he wants that you can hpnestly see us getting????? Adrian hes tripe!!

          • Santii

            Adrian is sh*te but still far better than all our keepers hahaha Oh no your one of those premier league experience guys..

          • Gary

            No but rafa is!!!

          • Santii

            Aye it looks like it haha

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          I’d say all 4 keeper’s are capable

  • Paul Patterson

    Why are wasting our time with this?

  • StevieB

    God I’m worried now. I didn’t have Rafa down for this type of player when I walked out the stadium after watching the celebration parade . I see Fernando’s just joined some Turkish club…….I thought we were supposed to be buying him ???
    Rafa or not I’m really worried .

    • Geordiegiants

      I agree 💯 % with this statement.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        That’s pretty damning for StevieB, you are rarely right.

        • Geordiegiants

          I’m rarely right, coming from you!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            well, you are right there.

            I think you’ll find everything I post is either factual or backed up by a £10 bet.

    • Santii

      What type of player is that… You clearly have no idea who he even is and just assume he is sh*te. Basically what you are saying is you will not be happy until we make some big marquee signing. Like Fernando, a Man City flop on huge wages. He would certainly give his all for Newcastle like wouldn’t he.

      Did we not already go through the stage of buying players on the wrong side of their prime for massive sums of money and massive wages. Oh yeah we did and we were sh*te.

      • StevieB

        No. It was widely regarded that the lessons learned from last time were that to mix it in this league you need a core of proven premiership players. This man does not fall in to that category. Everton and West Ham were looking for goalkeepers this summer and look where they went……proven premiership experience.
        The way I look at them “feeder” teams in France i.e. Anyone who isn’t PSG or Monaco is if the players are any good then why aren’t PSG looking to buy them.
        You say we’ve been there before with the overpaid prem outcasts but have we not certainly been there with the French imports who are either a failure or if there a success they go on strike to force a move to arsenal !!
        You can gloss over this French tosh if you want but we allegedly have the funds to buy a premiership core of the team and that’s what I expected Rafa to do when I walked out in May. That’s all I was saying

        • Paul Smith

          Since when did West Ham become a guide for what other teams should do ? They were expected to be competing for top 6 last season and ended up in a relegation fight for most of the season.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Fernando does not play in goal

      • StevieB

        Never ??

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          so It’s not really a comparison.

          • StevieB

            I wasn’t linking fernando in with our keeper dilemma, I was just pointing out in the end of my post he’d moved.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            He’s also on a huge salary and was rather ineffective at City. If we wanted a player that keeps the ball alive like Fernando, we should have kept Anita who was as good as any at doing that when at Ajax

    • Paul Smith

      I remember when QPR were last in the premier league and they signed all these high profile, high wage cast offs from top 6 teams.. Such as Jose Bosingwa (a £16 million Chelsea signing in 2008 when £16 million was considered a lot. It seems this is the transfer policy most of our fans wish we’d follow. Didn’t work out great for QPR.

  • Rich Lawson

    This mythical hunt for a new goalkeeper is just daft now.Stick with Elliot,make Woodman no2 (before someone with an eye for the future just comes in and buys him for a pittance) We have had a great series of keepers over the years,spend the money further up the pitch.

    • Paul Smith

      Being number 2 and not playing any 1st team football will not help Woodman fulfill his potential. That is the reason he is available for loan and the reason why we need another backup keeper. Most premier league teams aim to have 3 1st team squad keepers. 2 just isn’t enough because if you get 1 injured you then have no backup for what is a highly specialised position.

  • Robsonsarmy

    We had shay given and Steve Harper as second choice. Our 2nd choice was better than any of our current crop/crock

  • HenrySlade

    Is this old, unemployed has-been the best we can do? FFS – it’s getting ridiculous!

  • Jimblag23

    He sounds amazing, sign him up 😂