Newcastle plot January move for £15m-rated South American

Date published: Sunday 22nd October 2017 12:59

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has made Geronimo Rulli and Fernando Muslera his two top goalkeeping targets for the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Magpies gaffer is understood to be looking for a top keeper to boost his squad for the Premier League run-in.

Benitez has guided his side to sixth in the Premier League standings after another victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Sun on Sunday claims that Newcastle’s scouts have sent back ‘rave reviews’ of Real Sociedad’s Rulli and Galatasaray’s Muslera.

Rulli joined Sociedad on a permanent basis from Manchester City – where he never played a game – in January 2017 and is understood to be valued at £15million.

At 31, Muslera – who has been in great form for Galatasaray this season – is six years older than Rulli and would represent more of a bargain at £8million.

Rob Elliott has been the main man between the sticks for Newcastle this season – keeping three clean sheets in nine appearances this campaign.

His latest solid performance was in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League when Mikel Merino came off the becnh to grab the winner for Newcastle.

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