Birmingham City goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was the subject of Premier League interest from Newcastle United in January, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

Newcastle spent most of their January transfer window looking for a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, and eventually signed Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on an initial six-month loan deal. However, they enquired about a whole host of goalkeepers including Birmingham City’s Tomasz Kuszczak before getting this deal over the line.

Kuszczak, 36, first made the switch to England back in 2004 with West Brom, going on to make 35 appearances for the club. However, in 2006 he joined Manchester United, initially on a season-long loan deal.

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The goalkeeper went on to make 61 appearances over six seasons with The Red Devils, mostly providing back-up to Edwin van der Sar from the substitutes bench.

Since leaving the club in 2012, Kuszczak has spent time playing for Watford, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship. In July 2015, he signed for Birmingham City.

Kuszczak was first-choice in his first two seasons with the club, but lost his place in the side last season and made only ten league appearances. This makes it slightly strange that Newcastle would enquire for the goalkeeper, especially since he was not getting into the first team of a team who play in the league below.

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Newcastle’s goalkeeping worries now look to be over, after they signed Dubravka on a permanent deal for £4 million earlier this summer.

Fans will be hoping that Benitez and the squad can build on their already-solid 10th-placed finish of last season.