According to The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie almost signed for Newcastle United in March prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
The 28-year-old has already held extensive discussions with the club about signing a pre-contract ahead of the summer and was very close to agreeing a deal before the pandemic halted footballing activities.
Gillespie’s contract at the Scottish Premiership side expires at the end of the season and he remains keen to sign a deal that will see him return to his boyhood club in the coming months.
However, it remains to be seen if the would-be Magpies owners will be interested in handing him a contract post-takeover.
With Rob Elliot most likely to leave and Freddie Woodman tipped for another loan spell, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce reckons the Geordie will be an ideal back-up to Martin Dubravka, but a new manager is expected to move in ahead of next season and that will put a deal for Gillespie in doubt.
The former Toons academy player has been Motherwell’s first-choice goalie since arriving in the summer of 2018 and has helped them to third place in the table this term.