Newcastle tipped to complete 'superb' Leno signing after his stance revealed - pundit
Newcastle could “upgrade” their spine with the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno this month, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 29-year-old shot-stopper would be a “superb” addition as the Magpies attempt to stave off the threat of relegation.
According to football.london (24 January), Leno wants to leave Arsenal in the “coming days” after falling behind summer signing Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order.
The report claims Newcastle are interested in bringing the Germany international to St James Park on a loan basis.
Whelan suggested Newcastle could address a “problem position” with a move for Leno.
“They’ve had real problems with the goalkeeping area for a while now,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
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“It’s a problem position because there are not many great goalkeepers out there.
“Leno has Premier League experience, he knows what it’s all about – and he wouldn’t be a bad choice.
“He’s a definite upgrade on their current options.
“Strikers are important – but goalkeepers dictate that backline and are so vital in keeping clean sheets, which is something Newcastle have struggled to do.
“Eddie Howe knows he needs to improve the spine of the team and that all starts with the goalkeeper. It’d be a superb bit of business.”
Newcastle sit 18th in the Premier League and have conceded the second-most goals this term (43).
The transfer window slams shut at 11pm on 31 January.