NEWCASTLE are set to confirm the signing of former Liverpool flop Loris Karius, according to reports.
The 29-year-old is wanted by the Magpies as a replacement for Martin Dubravka after he joined Manchester United on loan.
The club have reportedly held off the announcement of the signing due to the death of the Queen.
The goalkeeper is a free agent after his deal at Liverpool expired at the end of last season.
Karius began his career at Mainz but is best remembered for his time at Anfield, where he made 49 appearances, including playing and making howlers in the Champions League final in 2018.
They faced Real Madrid losing 3-1 with the German at fault for two goals when he infamously threw the ball out for it to deflect off Karim Benzema, then he dropped Gareth Bale's long range strike in.
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He was subsequently loaned out to Besiktas and spent last season away at Union Berlin.
Newcastle are in need of a new back-up stopper to compete with first choice Nick Pope after current No.2 Karl Darlow picked up an injury.
Darlow is thought to be out with an ankle ligament injury that will reportedly keep him in the treatment room until the World Cup that begins in November.
Reports suggested that the Toon had also held talks with ex-Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
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But manager Eddie Howe has opted for Karius with him set to join on a short-term basis.
All details in his contract are thought to be complete.
If the Premier League does return this weekend then Newcastle will welcome Bournemouth.
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