Alan Pardew will reject any approach Newcastle United make for goalkeeper Julian Speroni, with the Magpies rumoured to be interested in a short-term deal for the Argentine.
Steve McClaren’s goalkeeping options have been severely limited in recent weeks thanks to injuries for Tim Krul, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot leaving him with just academy stopper Freddie Woodman available for selection ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
With Julian Speroni having lost his place in between the sticks at Selhurst Park since the end of last season, there had been some suggestion that McClaren and his coaching staff were keen to explore the possibility of making a play for the 36-year-old’s services, but according to the report attached above, Alan Pardew is primed to turn down any approach for Julian from Tyneside.
Whilst both Wayne Hennessey and Alex McCarthy are now ahead of the former Dundee man in the Palace pecking order, the adoration our fan base hold for him has seemingly convinced Pardew and his fellow coaches that any deal which sees him leave south London will go down like a ton of bricks, quite rightly.
Although Speroni’s personal perspective on the rumours is as of yet unknown, you would assume that he wouldn’t be overly enthusiastic about the prospect of uprooting his life for the sake of a few months of first-team football against one of our direct Premier League rivals, regardless of his desire to get back on the field in the immediate future.
From start to finish, this story has seemed far-fetched to say the least, but now, it looks as though any hint of a deal taking place has been completely extinguished by the Palace boss, allowing our supporters to breathe a long overdue sigh of relief.