Newcastle have taken young Serbian U20 goalkeeper Filip Dmitrovic on trial with a permanent deal possible if he does well in his trial.
He currently plays at Austrian club SK Austria Klagenfurt where he has a contract until 2019, so Newcastle would need to pay a transfer fee if they decide to sign the 20 year-old.
20 year-old Serbian goalkeeper Filip Dmitrovic
The 6ft 3ins tall goalkeeper has already played 70 times for Austria Klagenfurt.
Filip was on trial recently at PSV but the Dutch club decided not to sign the 20 year-old who has played 3 times for the Serbian U20 side.
The news that Filip is at Newcastle is in the Dutch press, although we seem to be well equipped at the moment for goalkeepers.
We have Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow at the senior level and impressive young England U20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who has been on the bench since Elliot injured his knee playing for Ireland.
The rumors are that some big clubs may be after Freddie in the summer when his contract at Newcastle runs out – and he could even make a move to join his father Andy – who is now the goalkeeper coach at Crystal Palace, where Alan Pardew is the manager.
Newcastle may even want to sell one of their senior goalkeepers in the summer, but that will depend first of all on what league we are in next season and whether Rafa Benitez will still be with us.
It’s all very uncertain at the moment at Newcastle with three games to play.
There were reports a couple of weeks ago that Rafa Benitez had brought in young 16 year-old Spanish playmaker Luis Vacas for a trial but we haven’t heard anything more about the teenager.