‘Massive’: Free-agent says Newcastle wanted him before Howe U-turn

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Former Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted Newcastle United offered him a chance to return to the Premier League before Eddie Howe opted for Loris Karius in return for what he said on his Instagram account.

If reports are to be believed, Howe chose Karius over Foster when given the choice between two free-agent strikers following Karl Darlow’s (Northern Echo) ankle injury. An ankle injury will keep Newcastle’s number two out until the New Year.

Karius has admitted that his short-term stay at St James’ Park will be just a few months, coming in four years after his last appearance for the English club; One that the German likes to forget, don’t Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale’s goals in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool in 2018 continue to haunt the dreams of many on Merseyside.

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Newcastle know Karius, who is ten years younger than Foster, has something to offer. The latter, meanwhile, are on the lookout for a new home following Watford’s relegation in May.

Newcastle United chose Lorius Karius for Ben Foster

“More than a week ago, I was sitting at home (and) the phone rang; ‘Fozzy, listen I know a band that wants to sign you. It’s good to go. They want to sign you up. It’s Newcastle’”,” Foster explained.

“I have gone; ‘Oh, this is big’. I thought, if they’re going to pay me a really good salary it’s worth (considering).”

Manchester United’s ‘turn-around-YouTube scene’ revealed Manchester United were offered a contract by Newcastle. That was before Howe threw his weight behind a junior option, however. Thus, Karius will be given the chance to revive a career that has been on a downward spiral since his time at Anfield.

“We are delighted to have Loris join our team of goalkeepers,” Howe said of Karius; He was one of the most popular strikers in the Bundesliga during his time at Mainz until Liverpool came calling.

“He is a very good goalkeeper with Premier League and European experience. And he will provide competition and support for a large part of the season.

Photo credit should be credited to PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images

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