Eddie Howe confirms Newcastle January transfer stance after Nick Pope surgery

Newcastle will be without their first-choice keeper for several months.

Eddie Howe has dismissed rumors indicating that Newcastle United have initiated inquiries for a new goalkeeper to replace Nick Pope but hasn’t disregarded the possibility of seeking a replacement in January.

Despite a remarkable 1-0 victory against Manchester United at home last weekend, Newcastle’s injury woes deepened as first-choice goalkeeper Pope suffered a serious shoulder injury and was forced off late in the game. The club has confirmed that the 31-year-old requires surgery, resulting in an estimated four-month absence from the pitch. Following this setback, media reports have suggested that Newcastle has begun exploring options for a replacement goalkeeper, especially with the January transfer window approaching.


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Names like David de Gea and Aaron Ramsdale have been linked to a potential move to St James’s Park. Although Howe denied any ongoing concrete negotiations currently, the Newcastle manager hasn’t ruled out the prospect of making a move for a goalkeeper in January.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of their match against Everton, Eddie Howe addressed the media’s speculations about potential goalkeeper and player acquisitions in the upcoming January transfer window. He clarified that Newcastle hasn’t made any inquiries for January signings across any positions. Howe emphasized that given the squad’s injury concerns, recruitment in multiple positions would be necessary if such inquiries were underway. He expressed hope for an improvement in the squad’s injury situation by January and saw this as an opportunity for their current goalkeepers to solidify their roles.

With Martin Dubravka likely to step in for the injured Nick Pope, Howe faces a challenging scenario due to the limited squad depth, especially during the busy festive period. Newcastle has seven matches remaining in December, including crucial fixtures against Milan in the Champions League and a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.

The squad currently grapples with the absence of 13 players due to injuries. Despite this predicament, Howe commended the resilience and mindset of the available players, highlighting their unwavering commitment and dedication.

He emphasized the positive atmosphere within the team, stating that they possess the talent, skills, and determination required for success. Howe also acknowledged the presence of strong leaders in the squad who contribute to pushing and guiding everyone to perform at their best level.

Newcastle faces Everton at Goodison Park with the aim of securing their third consecutive win in the Premier League, hoping to maintain their momentum in the competition.

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