Newcastle transfer news: Alan Shearer names a dream Eddie Howe "huge salary" signing

In today's Newcastle transfer news - Eddie Howe has been encouraged by club legend Alan Shearer to sign a new goalkeeper in January, naming one name.

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Given the Nick Pope injury crisis, Eddie Howe has had to deal with Martin Dubravka between the sticks. Although he hasn't had the worst runout in the first team, there have been a few shocking performances sprinkled in there. Today, for example, he conceded THREE goals to CHRIS WOOD. It wasn't entirely his fault, but you can't help feeling like Nick Pope would have done a better job at organising his defence.

With this in mind, much of the Newcastle transfer news is due to centre around signing a new goalkeeper in the upcoming January transfer window. Newcastle now don't play until the new year, which gives Eddie Howe a perfect opportunity to plan his January transfer strategy - Which you must imagine involves signing a new goalkeeper.

Regardless what you think of either Newcastle goalie, neither of them are geting any younger. Nick Pope is 31 years old and Dubravka is 34. Furthermore, neither player can involve themselves in passing movements, which is becoming more and more a goalkeeping requirement in the modern age. Traditionalists won't like it, but there's a reason why the best teams in the world have ball-playing goalkeepers. We must move with the times.

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Newcastle transfer news: Alan Shearer names a dream Eddie Howe "huge salary" signing

David de Gea had plenty of experience with the ball at his feet when he played for Manchester United and most notably the Spanish national team. Therefore, he would be a superior option to Nick Pope in this modern age of football.

Here's what Alan Shearer said to the BBC:

"“Newcastle need a goalkeeper and De Gea is out there. I know the salary will be huge but they would not have to pay a fee for him.""

Alan Shearer

David de Gea would be eager to play football again, as he's been without a club since his contract expired at Old Trafford in the summer. As a Premier League experienced professional, it's easy to see why Alan Shearer is caling for Eddie Howe to bring him to St James Park in the new year.

What do you make of today's Newcastle transfer news?