David de Gea open to Newcastle move after Nick Pope injury

David De Gea makes a diving save

David de Gea is open to a move to Newcastle United should Eddie Howe decide to target another goalkeeper in the wake of the loss of Nick Pope.

Pope is facing around four to five months out after suffering a serious shoulder injury in Newcastle’s impressive 1-0 win over Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Howe is thought to be willing to give Martin Dubravka, Pope’s understudy who spent part of last season on loan at Old Trafford, a chance to prove his worth over the coming weeks.

Newcastle have seven matches scheduled for this month and Howe wants to see how Dubravka copes during a frenetic period rather than rushing to sign a goalkeeper now.

Nonetheless, it is believed Newcastle could reassess the situation if Dubravka struggles or defensive problems develop between now and the New Year and force the club into the market for a goalkeeper in the January window. Howe also has the former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius as another option.

De Gea, 33, is a free agent after being released by Manchester United at the end of last season after 12 years at Old Trafford, during which time he made 545 appearances for the club.

Although De Gea was initially reluctant to return to the Premier League, the Spaniard is believed to be open to joining Newcastle should such an opportunity develop and the Tyneside club are understood to be aware of that.

It is six months now since De Gea left United and was replaced by Andre Onana, who has endured a torrid start at Old Trafford, and he has been happy to bide his time and wait for the right opportunity to come along.

De Gea has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe as well as Saudi Arabia. It is thought his wife Edurne, with whom he has a baby daughter Yanay, is keen to remain in Spain.

The manner of De Gea’s departure at Old Trafford did not go down well with some of his former United team-mates.

United had opted against triggering an option to extend his £375,000 a week contract by another year and were instead hoping to tie him to a new deal on significantly reduced terms.

But Ten Hag eventually decided in April that he wanted a new goalkeeper after a number of errors by De Gea and concerns about his distribution.

De Gea, nonetheless, won the Premier League Golden Glove last season for the most clean sheets (17).