The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle is now interested in signing the former Bayern Munich goalkeeper 23-year-old Lukas Raeder.
Lukas stands just short of 6ft 5ins tall and was German International Manuel Neuer’s understudy at Bayern Munich for two seasons from 2012.
He was a member of the 2013 Bayern squad who won the Champions League by beating Borrusia Dortmund 2-1 in the final and then were the FIFA Club World Cup Champions in the same year by beating Raja Casablanca of Morocco 2-0 in the final.
Raeder is now a free agent after spending the last three years with Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal after leaving Bayern back in 2014.
23-year-old free agent German goalkeeper Lukas Raeder
He is currently training at Southampton and the Saints are looking at possibly signing him to offer some competition to former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
But the news is they have failed to agree on terms for the German goalkeeper but Borussia Dortmund is also said to be interested in signing the player.
Newcastle is in the market for a third goalkeeper this season with 20-year-old top prospect Freddie Woodman going out on a season long loan to get first team games – probably to a League One club.
It’s fitting we don’t spend much money at all on a third goalkeeper this summer because both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow can certainly get the job done for Newcastle in the coming season.
Both goalkeepers continue to improve under the adept coaching of Rafa Benitez.
And if we do sign Raeder he has a chance to improve with Rafa coaching him and he’s young for a goalkeeper too.
What do you think?