Last month, it was revealed that Newcastle were ready to bring Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie in this summer.
Gillespie’s contract will expire in June and he held talks with Newcastle to join as a free agent. The 28-year-old was born in Newcastle and spent time with the Academy before joining Carlisle’s youth system a decade ago.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh is reporting that Gillespie’s move to Newcastle is now in limbo.
Mark Gillespie– reportedly close to signing for Newcastle in March
According to Waugh’s report, Gillespie was close to signing a pre-contract to become Martin Dubravka’s backup before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Steve Bruce was keen to add the Geordie to the squad.
However, proceedings were brought to a halt when the pandemic hit. Now with new owners likely to take hold of the club in the coming weeks, Gillespie’s future has been thrust into limbo.
It’s unclear if the new owners will move to bring Gillespie in. Before joining Motherwell two years ago, he spent a season at Walsall after beginning his career at Carlisle, so he’s not played at the highest of levels.
With the vast resources Newcastle’s new ownership group can wield, a free agent goalkeeper from Motherwell may not be a move they want to sanction.
However, Gillespie could be a decent option as cover for Martin Dubravka. He’ll count as homegrown and is a Newcastle fan having grown up in the area.
Newcastle are also in the market for a goalkeeper or two with Rob Elliot due to leave this summer and Freddie Woodman, should he sign a new deal, likely in need another season or two out on loan.