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Cédric Carrasso emerges as surprise ‘keeper target for Newcastle United

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One of the many narratives to have come up during a reasonably frustrating summer transfer window for Newcastle United has been Rafa Benitez’s hunt for a new shot stopper. 

Indeed, while options between the sticks looked rather well stocked a few months ago, the futures of Karl Darlow and Tim Krul have been cast into doubt during different points of the summer.

Freddie Woodman is expected to join Matz Sels in being loaned out by the Magpies this summer and the likes of Joe Hart, Willy Caballero and Pepe Reina have all been touted as potential targets for Benitez.

While none of the aforementioned trio have been landed, Yahoo Sport journalist Manu Lonjon has taken to Twitter to claim the club HAVE approached Cédric Carrasso, recently released by Bordeaux.

The 35-year-old is a vastly experienced custodian, plying his trade for Les Girondins, as well as Toulouse, Marseille and Guingamp. Picking up one cap for the French national side back in 2011, he’s got experience on these shores too, spending a season on loan with Crystal Palace between 2001-2002.

Still, the Toon Army may not be the only interested party.

Lonjon earlier revealed there was ‘positive steps’ between Carrasso and Sporting Lisbon and suggested a deal to take him to Portugal was getting closer.

It seems Newcastle United are hell bent on securing an experienced goalkeeper this summer, though it’s proving difficult to land one.


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