North East UK news Kasper Schmeichel's exit hands Newcastle potential James Maddison trump card PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The 35-year-old has left Leicester after winning four trophies with the Foxes in 11 years
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Kasper Schmeichel has ended an 11-year spell at Leicester City to join French side Nice on a three-year deal. The 35-year-old leaves the King Power Stadium as a Foxes legend, having won the Premier League and FA Cup. Welsh international Danny Ward - who has made just one league appearance in four years - and rookie Daniel Iversen remain their only first-team shot-stoppers. With Leicester on the hunt for a goalkeeper, this could hand Newcastle United a window of opportunity in their attempt to sign James Maddison. A second bid for the 25-year-old was rejected on Tuesday, with the Magpies still short of Leicester’s £60million valuation. Toon chiefs hope a compromise can be reached before the window slams shut on September 1. READ MORE: Callum Wilson admits Newcastle need another striker as he makes exciting new signing prediction Martin Dubravka could prove the key in United’s attempt to break the transfer deadlock. It is no secret the Slovak has no intention of settling for a place on the bench this season. The consensus on Tyneside is that £10million summer signing Nick Pope will start the campaign as first choice between the sticks. His agent, David Zika, made bullish remarks to Sport.Sk following Pope's arrival in June.
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. Of course, we are aware that Nick (Pope) is a quality goalkeeper and domestic representative. “We'll see how it all develops. Martin has long been among the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. Martin wants to play; either in Newcastle or somewhere else. He doesn't just want to cover someone's back, but he clearly wants to be in goal." Dubravka has proven himself as one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the division since arriving from Sparta Prague four-and-a-half years ago. In 2019-20, he made the most saves (140) out of any keeper in the Premier League. Newcastle would still have an adequate top-flight backup in Karl Darlow to call upon should the 33-year-old be used as bait to lure Maddison to St James’ Park. Reports have suggested Leicester are keen to explore the possibility of signing Dubravka to solve their goalkeeping crisis. READ NEXT Eddie Howe responds amid talk of Newcastle United bid for Leicester City star James Maddison Newcastle boss Eddie Howe sends Callum Wilson warning to Premier League after impressive pre-season Newcastle 2-1 Athletic Bilbao player ratings as Wilson impresses amid Dubravka and Ritchie reminder Newcastle 2-1 Athletic Bilbao as Allan Saint-Maximin goal ensures final pre-season victory Newcastle United chiefs working overtime on transfers as Leicester demand £60m for James Maddison
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