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Newcastle handed clear boost in their pursuit of Champions League-winning star

As per Marca (via Nufcblog), Newcastle have a chance to land January target and Real Madrid backup goalkeeper Kiko Casilla once the Spanish giants’ move for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga goes through.

Madrid are said to be closing in on a £17million deal to bring the 23-year-old to Bernabeu as they seek a capable competition for Keylor Navas, and that will pave way for Casilla to leave.

Toons boss Rafa Benitez brought the Real Madrid youth product back to the club back in 2015, and is aiming at a reunion as he looks to improve his side’s fortunes at the back.

The duo of Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot have split time in goal between themselves this term, but clearly, the unconvinced manager reckons a top goalie will be better at increasing Newcastle’s survival chances.

Casilla fits the bill given his experience with both Espanyol and Real Madrid.

The Catalan has been in between the goalpost for 22 La Liga games for the Spanish giants since arrival, playing a huge part as they won the title last term.

Casilla also has a handful of Champions League experience, playing during the group stages as Madrid became the first ever side to defend the continental prize in its new format.