The WWE wrestler, Spain legend and ex-Toon stopper who could solve Newcastle’s goalkeeping crisis

Former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.
Former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.
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HAVE you heard the one about the former German international turned pro wrestler signing for Newcastle United?

No, neither have we.

But it could yet happen as Newcastle United ponder whether to dip into the free agent market to solve their goalkeeper crisis.

With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot out injured, Alan Pardew only has youngsters Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow to call upon.

The Premier League have confirmed the club can’t bring in any emergency loans either seeing as they have three fit stoppers on the books.

So the only other option is to bring in free agents and there are some colourful characters out there to be had.

Here are just a few Pardew could turn to in his hour of need...

Victor Valdes

If Newcastle decide they do need to strengthen their keeping options then look no further than Spain and Barcelona legend Valdes.

The 32-year-old is (amazingly) still on a free transfer after leaving the Catalans but has been training with Manchester United.

He has seen it all and won it all during his time as the Barca keeper, playing alongside some of the best players in the world.

Perhaps the Toon could swoop in and steal him from under the noses of the Red Devils.

The list from here on in gets a little suspect...

Radek Cerny

The 40-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur and QPR keeper has a wealth of experience and is a former Czech footballer.

Has experience of playing Premier League football and was last seen playing for Slavia Prague.

Tim Wiese

Wiese is a former German international keeper turned wrestler in the WWE.

Now, he has only recently started wrestling and is clearly still in fine fettle and can clearly handle himself.

Although he seems to be more fond of body slams, flying close-lines and grappling these days Wiese, capped six times by Germany, is only 32 and a final shot at Premier League football could appeal.

If you dare ask him.

Pavel Srnicek

The former Newcastle United stopper signed for the Toon in 2006 as an out of contract player to help out in a goalkeeping crisis.

Fast forward eight years and Newcastle find themselves in the same situation - could Pav come back again?

The former Czech Republic stopper, who took part in Euro 2000, earned 49 caps for his country.

He may be 46 and retired but you never know...One for the nostalgics perhaps.