A fresh dose of disaster has dispelled any doubts as to whether Newcastle are eligible for an emergency loan after goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was injured against Tottenham.
Third-choice stopper Alnwick joins Rob Elliot and Tim Krul with the nurse, leaving 17-year-old Freddie Woodman as the Magpies’ sole fit professional net minder.
Alan Pardew’s men are in dire straits with the Tyne/Wear derby round the corner and only a matter of days to bring in an emergency gloveman.
Here are three likely practitioners the St James’ Park negotiators should be targeting.
Mark Schwarzer – Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has two of the world’s best goalkeepers at his disposal making the likelihood of a 28-day move for the Australian veteran a distinct possibility.
Still regularly active for the Blues as recently as last season, he proved his worth with an impressive seven clean sheets in 11 starts in 2013/14.
Brad Friedel – Tottenham Hotspur
Another of the Premier League’s more evergreen goalies, the American was still keeping Hugo Lloris out of the Spurs line-up in the early portion of 2012/13.
Featuring intermittently last term only the arrival of Swansea’s Michel Vorm has ushered him from the first team picture at White Hart Lane.
There is more than a suspicion that he could do a job at the club where he signed and trained in 1994, only to be denied a work permit.
Ali Al Habsi – Wigan Athletic
The Latics custodian was deemed sufficiently expendable to be loaned out to Brighton for a month earlier this term, returning after playing a single game.
An experienced Premier League goalkeeper and talented shot-stopper, the Daily Mail suggested Pardew was interested in acquiring him even before Alnwick’s mishap.
Despite crippling injury issues, which see no less than 13 players currently classed as out of action, the Magpies remain even money favourites for the visit of Sunderland this weekend.