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Jeff Stelling now delivers his verdict on whether Aaron Ramsdale could join Newcastle in January

Jeff Stelling has now been sharing his opinion on the chances of Aaron Ramsdale making a switch from Arsenal to Newcastle United in January.

Stelling was speaking on talkSPORT this morning and said that speculation was already rife following Nick Pope’s lengthy injury.
And whilst he didn’t think Ramsdale would be allowed to leave Arsenal mid-season, he did reveal another name he’s hearing linked.

Stelling said: “Already people are speculating, Nick Pope is injured… Aaron Ramsdale. I don’t see Arsenal letting him go, to be honest.
“David de Gea is another name being mentioned.”

Of course, Nick Pope is now said to face four or five months out owing to his shoulder injury suffered against Manchester United.

And it would now seem very likely that Newcastle will address the situation in January.
Aaron Ramsdale would seem like a very sensible option, a player who is now clear second choice at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

However, should Ramsdale make a permanent switch, he could end up in the very same situation as he is now at the start of next season.

Jeff Stelling doesn’t think Aaron Ramsdale will swap Arsenal for Newcastle in January

Of course, that leads to the idea that Arsenal could loan Ramsdale to Newcastle in January.

However, it would seem very unlikely that Arteta and Edu Gaspar would consider strengthening a rival, as well as leaving themselves short of cover.
Although he’s a very different profile to Nick Pope, Newcastle may actually consider a short-term deal for David De Gea given his experience.

Otherwise, you’d expect Eddie Howe’s team to seek a solid young goalkeeper with potential, one who can quietly challenge Pope when he returns.

However, that is a difficult profile to find, especially in January.
Jeff Stelling is probably correct in stating that Arsenal wouldn’t consider letting Ramsdale leave for Newcastle in January – he’s still far too important.

Similarly, there’s no guarantee that Newcastle will look to act.

34-year-old Dubravka could still thrive in the role for the rest of the season, a player who has been key for Newcastle in the past.

And with Loris Karius a very capable third choice option, the situation isn’t entirely bleak.

Even if Gary Lineker was heavily concerned after this weekend’s events.

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