Former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could be a summer transfer target for bitter rivals Newcastle United according to reports by The Sun.

The 30-year-old Belgian international stopper currently plays his football with Liverpool but a number of high profile errors have resulted in the player losing his place in the side at Anfield.

It has now been reported that Mignolet, who spent three seasons with Sunderland, could move to local rivals Newcastle United this summer with Magpies boss Rafa Benitez thought to be keen to add another goalkeeper to his squad.

After starting his career in his homeland with Sint-Truiden, Mignolet completed a £2 million move to Sunderland in summer 2010. The Belgian went on to establish himself as The Black Cats’ number one and as he made 101 appearances in all competitions for the Wearsiders.

Three years later, Sunderland sold the player to English Premier League giants Liverpool in a deal which is thought to have seen The Black Cats make a £7 million profit on Mignolet, however life at Anfield has been somewhat turbulent for the keeper with a mix of both outstanding and shaky performances.

As well as the transfer interest from Newcastle United, it is also thought that Celtic, Burnley, Southampton and Stoke City are keen on signing the keeper.

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