Newcastle tipped to follow Alan Shearer transfer advice with Man Utd approach

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Newcastle’s poor form continued after the Magpies failed to win for the 12th consecutive game this season in the Premier League. Poor defending majorly contributed to their 3-3 draw with Brentford, and the club have been tipped to take Alan Shearer’s verdict on failing goalkeeper Karl Darlow into account with a move for Dean Henderson.

Darlow made mistakes throughout Newcastle’s 3-3 draw against Brentford on Saturday to leave the Magpies rooted to the bottom of the table and still winless.

With the joint-worst defence in the league and one of the worst attacks, there needs to be a significant improvement on Tyneside under new manager Eddie Howe.

Newcastle’s takeover was completed in October, sparking rumours galore about new signings from across the continent.

But until January, there cannot be any improvements made to the current playing squad and they will need January signings to make an instant impact.

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Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday, Shearer said Darlow had a ‘really poor’ game, suggesting the 31-year-old ‘looked nervous’ during the clash.

Martin Dubravka and Freddie Woodman are also acting as back-up should Darlow’s first-team place come unstuck.

But after reports that Henderson could move to Newcastle on a £120,000-per-week contract, the north east club have been urged to sign the England international by pundit Noel Whelan.

“Newcastle might be worried about getting Henderson now that Solskjaer has left United. But will his mind have changed? Probably not,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“I still think De Gea will be number one. Henderson will be firmly fixed on playing regular football to get himself back into that England set-up, and Newcastle would be a brilliant move for him.

“He’d be number one at Newcastle, and that’s the responsibility he needs to start pushing and knocking down the door of Gareth Southgate.

“De Gea’s a big name, hasn’t done a great deal wrong. I’m sure he’s not going to get in ahead of him even when a new manager comes in.”

Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League despite their newfound wealth, five points adrift of Leeds with a much inferior goal difference.

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And the Magpies will need to spend in January if they are to improve their precarious Premier League position.

Howe became Newcastle boss over two weeks ago after talks to join the Magpies were successful.

But the ex-Bournemouth manager has yet to manage a game from the dugout after he tested positive for Covid-19 and missed the draw with Brentford.

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