Newcastle United are claimed to have made an approach to take on Kiko Casilla as their first choice goalkeeper.

Since arriving from Espanyol for £5m in summer 2015 he has been Real Madrid’s number two goalkeeper.

He has had nine La Liga starts this season but that was when first choice Keylor Navas was out injured.

With the imminent arrival of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao this month, it will push Kiko Casilla even off the bench and down to third choice.

Don Balon report that Newcastle have made an approach for the goalkeeper but that they face competition from Deportivo la Coruna.

Rafa Benitez did work with Kiko Casilla when the pair were together but Rafa only gave him two La Liga starts in his brief spell at the club in the 2015/16 season.

Meanwhile, Marca also report Newcastle’s interest in the 31 year old Real Madrid goalkeeper but they add that the Spanish club are happy to smooth the way for Casilla to leave.

They claim that Newcastle’s approach last summer was knocked back as Real Madrid insisted he stayed as back-up keeper for this season.

In return for him having stayed until now, Marca say that in return they will help as much as possible to get the deal done this time.

Rafa Benitez made a number of moves in the summer for a new experienced first choice goalkeeper but was left with only a choice of his keepers from the Championship season.

Tim Krul leaving the club permanently whilst Matz Sels went out on loan to Anderlecht for the season.

Rafa started with Rob Elliot in goal before being forced to drop him after some poor performances, Karl Darlow then doing ok initially before then being dropped himself.

Rob Elliot came back in only to be injured in the Manchester City match, with Karl Darlow back in and keeping two clean sheets as Newcastle have drawn with Brighton and beaten Stoke.

Both Darlow and Elliot are capable at times but neither have the quality to be first choice and playing week in week out.

Whilst obviously we are all desperate to see more creativity and goal threat arrive at Newcastle this month, I find it inconceivable that Rafa won’t bring in a new first choice keeper, whether it is Kiko Casilla or whoever.

  • TheNutJob

    can never figure out Newcastle, here we are in dire straights for a striker & have been for yonks, in fact since Demba Ba left. i can see us getting a keeper & the Chelsea winger & no striker

    • David Miller

      Strikers are expensive unfortunately. Well decent ones are anyway. We do need a better keeper, darlow and elliot are too inconsistent.

      • TheNutJob

        so`s the 2 up front, you can`t win games if you don`t score goals & we can`t

        • David Miller

          Yes, but we don’t have the money for them. no point in getting another cheap one, highly unlikely they would be better than what we have.

          • TheNutJob

            Money, sell players although i doubt there`ll be many takers

          • nevfur

            I suspect any attacking options will only be on loan at least for now, hopefully with an option to buy

    • Andy Mac

      Because they dont cost as much. Decent strikers, unlike the Spanish lad from the Potteries, will require at least £20m of Fatman’s funds and you know how the tight R’sd bloater hates spending our money ?

      • TheNutJob

        dicing with death again then

      • Clarko

        All the more reason to not spend money on a position that isn’t in dire need of strengthening.

    • gallowgate26

      Strikers cost money…

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        According to Rafa its £10m if they can just kick the ball forward.

        • Michael Smith

          well he`s been moaning for a striker for months

  • Clarko

    Yusuf Yazici. Pls.

    • Michael Smith

      they won`t pay the fee

      • Clarko

        I don’t think the price is the biggest problem (£15m-£18m), I think it’s the competition from other, bigger clubs. We could’ve had a free go at him in the summer.

        • Mitros gotta start

          ???? Are you having a laugh….money isnt the problem….quite possibly the stupidest thing ever posted on here if you think fatty is gonna give rafa the liar 15 million to 5punk on a keeper when we have 4 on the books already….my god what a clown you are!

          • Michael Smith

            he isn`t a keeper he`s a midfield player

          • Clarko

            1. He’s a midfielder.

            2. We paid ~£12m for a 22 year old Championship bench player in the summer.

            3. How embarrassing.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha lol, for once Clarko a even bigger dafty than you.

          • Tony Mann

            Proper ‘Ouch’ that one.

          • Dillon Tovak

            What is it you like about him? What games have you watched where he impressed you?

          • Clarko


            All of them.

          • Dillon Tovak

            So….Fifa then 🙄

          • Clarko

            A player with a 75 overall rating, only a 83 potential, 72 acceleration, 75 sprint speed, 69 composure, 69 finishing and 3 star skill moves? Psh, bad player.

            Learn your football and learn your FIFA dummy.

          • Dillon Tovak

            I don’t play it cos I’m not a teenager.

          • Clarko

            Of course you don’t…

          • hetonmag

            Ha ha ha ha numb nuts you haven’t got a clue, now go and eat humble pie.

          • Mitros gotta start

            The story is about kiko cassilla…..what has yusif yazici got to do with that?
            Rafa would probably play him in net anyway

          • Geordiegiants

            Dig deeper. Go on keep going!

          • Geordiegiants

            You are taking over as an even bigger tool than Clarko, you really have just set the standard with that comment.

          • Tony Mann

            He is Clarko’s long lost sibling from the wilds of Wearside.

        • Danimal

          You think Swindon are bigger than us.

          • Clarko

            That’s a bizarre post even for you.

  • Michael Smith

    he must be cheap and rafa`s record in respect of keeper`s doesn`t fill me with confidence

    • Geordiegiants

      What, Mat Sels?

    • Alreet

      Yea. Thats one that didnt workout.

  • Phil

    Sels didn’t work out. I’m glad Rafa realised and accepted that early doors. Hopefully we do get a proper number one. Elliott and darlow are both back up keepers in my opinion

  • ghostrider

    A cracking confidence boost for Darlow and Elliot and also just what we need.
    A defence sort out once again because that odd goal we’re shipping that’s costing us at least a point will be all sorted once a new goalkeeper comes in.
    What a complete and utter joke.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    We Have two reasonable keepers and the last one he signed was a right flop so would just stick with what we have till the Summer. We need an attacking midfielder for when the likes of Brighton double up on our wingers and another striker that’s about it.

    • DC1964

      I agree, a new goalkeeper isn’t a priority.