Rob Elliot’s contract runs out this summer, and it will not be renewed, so he will become a free agent and off the wage bill at Newcastle: Rob joined Newcastle back in August 2011.
So the club needs at least one new goalkeeper brought in the next transfer window, whenever that will begin.
And the current backup to Martin Dubravka is Karl Darlow, and he only has one year left on his contract at the club.
So it’s not too surprising that Newcastle have been linked with a goalkeeper for the summer – and he’s playing in Scotland – Motherwell’s Mark Gillespie.
Mark was born in Newcastle, and he was on the club’s books as a youngster from 2000 until 2008 when he left to join Carlisle United.
The Daily Record is reporting today that Steve Bruce is targeting the 28-year-old Geordie, and he is a free agent this summer.
Gillespie (shown above) seems a decent enough keeper and made 38 appearances for Well this season.
Freddie Woodman will return from his season-long loan at Swansea, and he will have a year left on his contract.
But we honestly are not quite sure what will happen with the England U21 International, but he wants first-team football next season for sure.
He’s unlikely to get that at Newcastle with Martin Dubravka in such scintillating form.
So it wouldn’t be too surprising if Gillespie arrives at the club this summer.
But if we have new owners by then, which now seems likely, our transfer targets will shift to other targets – that the new manager will want.
And we’re reasonably sure that will not be Steve Bruce.
But we’ll just have to wait and see – as always.