Magpies close on Dutch keeper
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ronald Waterreus looks likely to be the answer to Newcastle's goalkeeping dilemma.
Veteran Dutch keeper Ronald Waterreus looks likely to be the answer to Newcastle United's goalkeeping dilemma.
Magpies boss Glenn Roeder is keen to bring in short-term cover after number one Shay Given required an operation on a stomach injury.
Steve Harper has taken Given's place in the side, but Roeder only has the teenage Tim Krul as back-up.
He has been assessing several options, but denied he was trying to sign Magnus Hedman, who claims he rejected an offer to move to St James' Park.
Jaroslav Drobny, who was released by Fulham in August, has been considered, but reports claim Waterreus is Roeder's first choice.
The 36-year-old was released by Rangers at the end of last season and has yet to fix himself up with a new club.
Waterreus is thought to be eager to play in Major League Soccer, but he is unable to join an American club until January.
That would suit Newcastle perfectly as Roeder is only looking to sign a keeper to take him up to the New Year by which time Given should be back in the side.