Five goalkeepers Newcastle could sign in an emergency

OPTION ... Jack Butland.
OPTION ... Jack Butland.
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INJURIES to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot have raised the prospect of Newcastle United bringing in a goalkeeper on an emergency loan.

Jak Alnwick looks set to start next week’s Premier League game at Arsenal after his impressive debut in the second half of Saturday’s remarkable 2-1 win over Chelsea.

But with 17-year-old Freddie Woodman next in line, Newcastle could sign a goalkeeper on loan to ease their worries.

Who could they turn to, though? The Gazette looks at five players who could move to Tyneside on a temporary basis.

Jack Butland

Despite being just 21, Butland has already had six loan spells in his career, most recently at high-flying Championship side Derby County.

Since joining Stoke City from Birmingham City in 2013, he has failed to usurp Asmir Begovic at the Britannia Stadium, and has made just three Premier League appearances.

However, he has long been tipped to make the top of the game, and has already represented England at senior level, having made his debut in 2012.

Butland would surely jump at the chance to get some Premier League football under his belt, and with Newcastle having been linked with him in the past, he could fit the bill.

Mark Schwarzer

The veteran Australian has today been linked with a move to St James’s Park, with Schwarzer third-choice at Chelsea.

The 42-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, although he did play in last season’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, when he became the competition’s oldest-ever debutant.

With Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech ahead of him in the pecking order, the chances of Schwarzer making an appearance this season are slim.

However, would Schwarzer just be happy to wind down the final days of his career at Stamford Bridge?

Richard Wright

Wright has not made an appearance in professional football since the 2011-12 season, when he played once for Ipswich Town.

This is his third season at Manchester City, where he is held as cover for extreme emergencies.

The 37-year-old has been dogged by injuries throughout his career, but was once one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the country, making two appearances for England and lining up for Arsenal.

A temporary move to Newcastle could offer him the chance of a Premier League swansong.

Ben Amos

With David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard both ahead of him in the pecking order at Manchester United, Amos has made just one Premier League appearance so far in his career.

He has enjoyed loan spells at the likes of Peterborough United, Hull City and Carlisle United, and the 24-year-old will surely now be ready for more first-team action.

Amos has been highly-rated for some time, but at this stage of his career, will now feel he has to prove himself.

A loan switch to Newcastle could give him that opportunity.

Shay Given

Possibly the most romantic move Newcastle could make would be to bring Given back to the club temporarily.

The Republic of Ireland international played for United between 1997 and 2009 before leaving to join Manchester City.

He spent part of last season on loan at Middlesbrough and has been out of favour at Aston Villa for some time.

That might raise the prospects of a Tyneside return for the 38-year-old, but with Given still second-choice at Villa Park, and having coaching responsibilities under Paul Lambert, it seems unlikely.