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.