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Newcastle’s Hunt For New Goalkeeper Leads To Georgia International

One of the players Newcastle will be bringing into the club this summer will be a goalkeeper.

And there’s a good article from Sports Witness that the player Newcastle scouts are keen on is 6ft 6ins tall Georgian International Giorgi Mamardashvili, who is just 23 years old and plays for Valencia.

With Martin Dubravka wanting first-team football and Loris Karius wanting to play in Italy for family reasons, Newcastle will need to bring in a new number two this summer.

We say the scouts are keen on Mamardashvili since it seems Eddie Howe would prefer Arsenal’s 26-year-old Aaron Ramsdale who he coached at Bournemouth.

Mark Gillespie will probably stay as the third-choice goalkeeper since he is a home-grown player and helps in that category.

Sports Witness is reporting that Newcastle sent scouts to watch the player in Valencia’s goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano and that’s not the first time this season he’s been watched by Newcastle scouts.

Mamardashvili has played 16 times for Georgia and he is ambitious and wants first-team football: he has played 96 times for Valencia over three seasons..

His ambition could be a problem at Newcastle, since Nick Pope is the solid number one who we have missed this season with his command of the penalty area.

Correspondent Nacho Santis has said this on his X account:

The translations is as follows:

Newcastle saw Mamardashvili’s display against Rayo Vallecano at Mestalla

They are going to sign a goalkeeper and have made a real move for Giorgi, they also like Aaron Ramsdale.

He is not the only ‘che’ player who has been scouted this year.

The fee for the two keepers is about the same if reports are to be believed, with Ramsdale said to be on the market for at least €35M, while Valencia want negotiations to start at €40M for Mamardashvili.

Newcastle need a young goalkeeper who can challenge Nick Pope for the number one spot, and their hands will be forced with Dubravka and Lloris wanting away this summer.

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103 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    May 15, 2024 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #41


    Agree there. Garnacho will be on the left, unless Rashford is fit. Either way, I’d prefer Tino to deal with them over a Trips making a come back.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 15, 2024 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #42

    home* not him

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 15, 2024 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #43

    Eddie’s presser was full of if and buts so we really have no idea who is actually fit to start but I’m satisfied with my prediction.

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #45

    Like to think Livramento and Hall have nailed their place as full backs and Trippier shouldnt just waltz back in

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 15, 2024 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #47

    This is from Twatter but it looks like we have a potential gem within our ranks:

    “ 18-year old #NUFC central midfielder Alfie Harrison’s 2023/24 season stats (across Under 18s & 21s competitions for both Newcastle and former club #MCFC):

    24 games
    11 goals
    9 assists

    The next BIG thing on Tyneside”

  • Transfer Sage

    May 15, 2024 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #48


    I wonder if he’ll get a look in during the summer in friendlies. Would be good to see what he’s like within the senior set up. Howe normally takes a while to integrate a player with the first team before any type of debut.

  • Swablr

    May 15, 2024 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #49

    In Eddie’s presser a reporter said to him that Trippier declared himself 100% ready to start. Eddie’s response was, with raised eyebrows, “He said that did he?”
    Reading between the lines, that tells me that Eddie doesn’t quite think so.

  • Katie

    May 15, 2024 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #50

    You guys know professional footballers don’t waster their lives on forums like this right?
    Stop neglecting the people in your life and get an actual hobby and stop obsessing about young men and their balls.

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #51

    Whose missus is this Katie poster?

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 15, 2024 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #52


    I can see young Alfie Harrison being in and around the squad next season and making the bench. He needs to start training with the senior squad where Eddie can have a good look at him and take it from there but this young lad seems to have huge potential and apparently good maturity for his tender years.

    Wonder if we take the likes of Harrison, Minteh, Koul and other very young players on the preseason tour of Japan. This would bring them on so much to let them bond with the seniors great for their confidence and progression. Minteh will be within our squad next season I think, he seems to go up a level each season which is great for his development and I am convinced we will see him an elite player soon enough. He has it about him.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 15, 2024 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #53


    He had a good game for the U21s last night.

  • Mund

    May 15, 2024 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #54

    So that should shut up the ones who were crying to play Hall all season when the lad himself said he wasn’t ready and struggled in training for a long time and took a while to adapt to Eddie’s way

    Masterstroke by Eddie Howe once again

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #55

    Manuel Ugarte available on loan

  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2024 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #56

    Ugarte very decent.

    Isak with the squad apparently and will play

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 15, 2024 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #57

    Lewis Hall on Eddie’s training regime:

    “I wasn’t at the level I could’ve been at in training. It took me a while to adapt (to Howe’s training) but I’m grateful for everything now.

    “With me not playing, I could understand why fans, naturally, wondered what was going on.”

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 15, 2024 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #58


    Looks a cracking prospect does young Alfie Harrison. I can only see good things to come from him, his potential has no ceiling IMO, but the good thing to add to that his attitude and professionalism is exactly what Eddie expects.

  • Toonces

    May 15, 2024 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #59

    Regarding Barnes, I like him and happy to have him at NUFC.

    He can be frustrating though and for the amazing comeback against West Ham he was a big part of, I think he also hurt us when we lost against 10 man LPool. He wouldn’t pass to a wide open Wilson for a nailed on tap in. That loss put us in a funk for several weeks. If he instead makes that decision to pass we would have won that game and our confidence would have stayed high.

    Probably too much to put all on Barnes but it is one of those plays that stuck in my mind.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 15, 2024 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #60

    Aye Mund, many people were having a right hissy fit over Halls non inclusion and Hall has advised exactly why, so Eddie instead of throwing the young lad in and potentially it doesn’t work, then his confidence goes at such a young age. Eddie had managed him perfectly and look at what Hall has become now. A hugely improved and stronger not only in his technique and understanding tactics but his body strength. Well done Eddie (again)

  • Mund

    May 15, 2024 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #61

    You should never sit there and try and fill in the blanks when you don’t know the ins and outs of what’s going on at the club.

    In Eddie We Trust

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #62


    It’s a tricky one Hall v Burn at LB.

    BDB was really struggling for 5 or 6 games straight, v Leao, Ogdene, Elanga, Bailey and Semenyo. As BDB’s performances cost us points in those games you have to ask yourself would Hall have really done much worse? After all Hall played 12 games consecutively at LB for Chelsea which got him the move in the first place.

    If the delay in playing Hall was driven by the fear of finishing above 13th would automatically trigger having to sign Hall, then that seems a bit of a stretch as I don’t think we were ever going to drop any lower than 10th.

    When Botman got injured BDB moved inside and either Hall got played at LB or Anderson at LWB. So it turned out to be a ”happy accident”.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #63


    Not sure who exactly are the NUFC ”hierarchy” but have to agree with them on this one. I know EH knows Ramsdale but Arsenal got Raya for a reason and mamardashvili could do the same for us.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #64

    It is funny being told by some people not to believe what you read in articles and rumours but then get quoted other rumours and articles by the same people. Selective or what.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #65

    Alternatively if you don’t want to change the personnel when things aren’t working, change the system instead.

  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2024 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #66

    Completely agree RH. Same against PSG. Hall could have gone left wing for the last 10 or 15 and and Gordon upfront as Isak was barely walking.

  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2024 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #68

    Apparently these rumours are put up for you to sift through. However you can’t have your own opinions on players tactics subs etc. This place is great. Now Fenners tells us Harrison has “no ceiling” even though he has hardly seen him play for us. I’m glad we have the new Messi though, cheers Fats .

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #69


    Spot on. HB seems to be either absolutely amazing or v frustrating. Very mediocre performance coming on v Brighton but fantastic against WHU and Luton.

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #70

    If Hall was not ready then why did he start the game vs Dortmund? In EFL cup he did well, didnt look like he wasnt ready. Lets face it, Hall is starting because of Botmans injury which allowed Burn to go central

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #71

    Fat kunt thinks Tonali is world class even though he isnt even a starter for Italy who have probably their worst group of players ever

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #72

    Asm used to scared shit out of opposition where they needed 2 or 3 guys on him. You dont get that with Barnes

  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2024 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #73

    Think it would be a really backward step to drop tino and hall now.

    Whatever we think about DA my goodness he’s got some fantastic youth coming through after setting up the new scouting system.
    Sanusi, Minteh, Harrison, Hall, A Murphy, Mills, Alabi, Shahar, Ferreira, even Kuol could still come good. If we can get the Arsenal kid Amario Cozier on board too that would be incredible.

  • Davas

    May 15, 2024 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #74

    Difficult to call tonight’s game. Doubts on the starting 11 on both teams. It could be difficult as Man utd could raise their game for their last hone game and against us. Hasn’t been much evidence of that all season so who knows. Hope we go for it.

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #75

    Scrapping var?

  • Fat Basta*d

    May 15, 2024 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #76

    I think a draw is best we can get today. Dont see us winning. Just hope chelsea dont win

  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2024 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #77

    Old Trafford has never really been a good hunting ground for us. Currently their team are making lots of errors hopefully we can exploit that and beat them tonight.

    Hope we have a centre forward up front an not “a makeshift” who cannot head a ball properly.
    Earlier somebody said Gordon could draw a penalty – good shout – indeed he could,
    If Bruno Fernandez is playing hopefully he’ll get a boot in the gob.

    Hopefully big Joe starts and is on form 2-1 to the Toon.

  • Return Of The Jedi

    May 15, 2024 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #78

    Toffee Teeth running his mouth.

    Season is nearly over.

  • WLtoon

    May 15, 2024 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #79

    When was the last time we did the double over Manure, i can`t remember, have we ever done it?
    We have never finished above Manure in the PL but if we win tonight that record will be history.
    It`s their last home game of the season and they will want to go out with a bang aswell as still have a chance of 6th so i doubt this game will be a walk in the park some fans are suggesting, even though Manure have been poor.
    Fans forget that we have been piss poor away from home most of this season yet all of a sudden we are going to take that lot to the cleaners.
    I hope we don`t start like we did against already relegated Burnley and Sheff Utd or we could be looking at a defeat, no doubt about that at all.
    I hate Manure , i hope we do them big style tonight but we have to be at our best to get the win.
    I`m hoping 2-1 Toon, but im too long in the tooth to say we will definitely win down there.

  • Davas

    May 15, 2024 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #80

    Hope he doesn’t mind me plagiarising but the might quinn put this up on discord



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