Newcastle Transfer Target Says He’s Not Interested

Rob Elliot has so far been little short of a revelation for Newcastle in the eight games he’s played in goal for the team since Tim Krul was injured and Rob has been our Man of the Match more often than not in those games – including last Sunday in the unbelievable 2-1 win at Tottenham.

In that game Rob made two stunning saves from Erik Lamela in the first half to keep us in the game.

Ans certainly when Tim was first injured we were linked with a number of goalkeepers including Victor Valdes of Manchester United, and PSG’s Salvatore Sirigu – both of whom were not playing and wanted regular playing time.

Stephane Ruffier of AS Saint-Etienne

29 year-old Stephane Ruffier of AS Saint-Etienne

And we were also linked with Saint-Etienne’s French International goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

But there’s a report today in Foot Mercato that he is not at all interested in joining Newcastle in January.

The only case where we think Newcastle would want to bring in a goalkeeper in January is if Rob Elliot is injured – and we have to remember he’s still carrying a slight injury to his thigh.

If Rob is injured we will see Newcastle move quickly for a good goalkeeper – but probably only on loan through the end of the season.

We’d be very surprised if Newcastle want to permanently sign another goalkeeper after the way Elliot has starred for us in the last eight games.

In fact if Rob keeps playing like he’s been playing he will not only be Ireland’s starting goalkeeper in the Euro 2016 Championships in June in France, but he will give Tim Krul a stern test for the number one goalkeeping jersey next season.

And if Rob does keep playing well he also deserves an improved contract at the club – he’s worth it.

What do you think?

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