Newcastle have completed the signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius on a short-term contact.
Karius, who has agreed a deal until January, will provide cover for Nick Pope after his understudy Karl Darlow was sidelined with an ankle injury.
The Magpies’ other keeper, Martin Dubravka, is unable to be recalled from his deadline-day loan to Manchester United due to the terms of his contract.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said: “We are pleased to add Loris to our goalkeeping group.
“He is a very good goalkeeper with Premier League and European experience and he will provide competition and support over an important part of the season.”
Karius, best known for his poor display in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid, left Liverpool in the summer after becoming a free agent.
He told Newcastle’s official website: “I’m excited. It’s a good opportunity for me and a great project to be part of. It didn’t take me long to make a decision.”
Howe – who has overseen positive changes since replacing Steve Bruce last season – has also been talking to Alan Shearer in a wide-ranging interview for The Athletic and the former Bournemouth manager claims he’s “not as nice” as he used to be.
Howe said: “I’m probably not as nice as I was. And I’m being serious when I answer that. Because football does change you. I have certainly seen my personality change very gradually over time.
“That’s not to say I’m not nice when I need to be — I’d like to think I’m still there for my players in every way personally — but you get so consumed with football, you live the results, training, being the leader of the club in terms of on the pitch and everything that happens on it.
“You can’t overthink things. You have a decision to make and you know you’re affecting people’s futures and their lives but, no, it’s the right thing to do. The emotional side has to be second to your critical eye and the decision. How you deliver that news, that’s where it comes to your personality.
“I’m a firm believer in delivering things in the right way, but if there’s a decision to be made, you have to make it. You can’t be too nice.”
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