Newcastle to seal shock bid for World Cup winner?

Newcastle United are closing in on a shock loan move for Man United ‘keeper Victor Valdes, according to the Metro.

The Magpies have seen three first-team shot stoppers suffer injuries, leaving only youngster Freddie Woodman as the only professional net minder available for selection.

Usual ‘Number 1’ Tim Krul was ruled out for the rest of the season last month with a serious knee injury, while backups Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot have fallen foul to niggling strains.

Steve McClaren is awaiting permission from the Premier League to push through an emergency loan deal to provide cover between the posts, and reports suggest it could be close.

The North East giants have targeted former Barcelona stalwart Valdes as the ideal candidate to help the club through their ‘keeper crisis.

The World Cup winner has been outcast since falling out with Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal despite only signing for the club less than a year ago.

He has been left out of the club’s squads for both the Premier League and Champions League competitions, and has seen the likes of Sergio Romero and Sam Johnstone preferred as understudies to David De Gea.

Valdes enjoyed a trophy laden spell with the Catalan giants, winning multiple La Liga titles, and a trio of Champions League trophies.

He also won the World Cup and European Championships with Spain, as well as a raft of individual honours.