There are strange reports doing the rounds that 6’3″ Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot is about to join Newcastle United.
Rob Elliot – 25 year-old Charlton goalkeeper
Newcastle just sent Fraser Forster out on loan to Celtic again, and now have Tim Krul and Steve Harper to take care of first team duties at Newcastle for this season.
Newcastle were linked with former Coventry goalkeeper Kieren Westwood in the summer, when he was a free agent, but Kieren signed for Sunderland, and and was on the bench at Liverpool last Saturday, as young Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was in goal for the Black Cats.
Alan Pardew said there was never any truth in the rumors that Newcastle were interested in Westwood, and has only recently said that Steve Harper has nothing to prove on Tyneside.
Newcastle desperately need a left back for Saturday, after Enrique left the club, and we need another another top striker too, so the news that we may be after a goalkeeper is strange indeed, if it is true.
Contract talks between 25 year-old Elliot and Charlton have stalled and the news down south is that he will link up with former Charlton manager Alan Pardew and former Addicks goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman on Tyneside.
Elliot was in goal on Tuesday night for Charlton in their good 2-0 win at Colchester United.
We were surprised on Tuesday evening when Fraser Forster was linked with another loan move to Celtic, but that move happened yesterday, so this may also be true, maybe.
One reason could be that Alan Pardew thinks he needs three goalkeepers as cover at Newcastle.
Elliot has been at Charlton since 2004, and has played over 100 times for the Addicks, and if he does move to Tyneside, there will be questions asked about what Steve Harper’s future will be at Newcastle.
Rob has one year left of his contract and would be available as a free agent next summer, and presumably for a small fee if he moves before September.
What do you think?