Newcastle United's hopes of adding an experienced goalkeeper have been boosted after Victor Valdes' agent confirmed he wants to stay in the Premier League.
The season-ending injury to No 1 Tim Krul has seen Steve McClaren's options in that department severely reduced and the club is looking to sign a shot-stopper on a short-term contract when the transfer window reopens in the new year.
Krul ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while on international duty with Holland, and will be out for around eight months.
Back-up goalkeeper Karl Darlow has an ankle injury which sees him wearing a protective boot, and could be out for several weeks.
That leaves just third-choice Rob Elliot and youngster Freddie Woodman.
Manchester United goalkeeper Valdes has been linked with a move after falling out of favour at Old Trafford.
His representative, Gines Carvajal, has told Catalan newspaper Sport that the 33-year-old is eager to remain in England.
"We are relying on Manchester United letting Victor go," Carvajal said.
"The Premier League is very attractive and Valdes want to stay because he has adapted perfectly to England, but we are not closing the door to any options.
"There are still two months until the transfer window opens and there is nothing concrete, but the intention is to leave Manchester United."
The Magpies can’t bring in a free transfer because their 25-man Premier League squad, which they named last month, is full, while an emergency loan is out as they still have two fit, senior goalkeepers.
However, should Darlow’s injury take longer to heal than hoped, Newcastle will look at signing a shot-stopper on a short-term contract when the transfer window reopens in the new year.