STEVE Harper is set for an extended loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Championship club are hopeful Newcastle United will let them keep the goalkeeper until January.
Harper joined last month for an initial month and the deal runs out after Brighton’s fixture away to their south coast rivals Southampton a week today.
Seagulls’ manager Gus Poyet this week revealed he was keen on keeping him until the New Year, the 36-year-old having brought much needed experience to his team in their first season back in English football’s top flight.
For his part, Harper – Newcastle’s longest-serving player – has already spoken of his keeness to stay at the Amex Stadium beyond next weekend.
Harper’s United contract runs to the summer of 2013, and his longer-term future is uncertain.
Tim Krul is now Alan Pardew’s first-choice goalkeeper and he is backed up by summer signing Rob Elliot, who joined the club in the summer from Charlton Athletic.
Newcastle’s other goalkeeper – Fraser Forster – is on a season-long loan at Celtic with a view to a permanent move.
Brighton, however, might struggle to turn Harper’s loan into a permanent move because of their wage structure.