The Premier League transfer market could see a familiar face return as former Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly open to joining Newcastle United. This potential move comes as Newcastle seeks a temporary replacement for their injured first-choice goalkeeper, Nick Pope.

Pope sustained a dislocated shoulder during Newcastle's recent 1-0 victory over Manchester United. This injury, which may sideline him for four to five months following surgery, has led the Magpies to consider alternatives to maintain their goalkeeping strength.

David de Gea, who has been a free agent since his departure from Manchester United at the end of last season, is said to be training regularly and is open to an offer from Newcastle, as per ESPN reports. The experienced goalkeeper's consideration of a contract from Newcastle signifies his readiness to return to Premier League action, should the opportunity align with his career goals.

De Gea's illustrious career at Manchester United spanned 12 years, during which he made 545 appearances and was instrumental in their 2012-13 Premier League triumph. He also secured the club's Player of the Year award four times, underlining his significant contribution to the team.

Manchester United, meanwhile, has faced challenges with their new signing, Cameroon international Andre Onana, who they acquired from Inter Milan for £43 million. Onana's early performances have been scrutinized, particularly after a 3-3 draw with Galatasaray in the Champions League, where his errors contributed to United's precarious position in the tournament.

Newcastle's current backup options include Martin Dúbravka, who replaced Pope in the recent match, as well as Loris Karius and Mark Gillespie. However, with a demanding schedule ahead, including seven more matches in December, Newcastle's interest in De Gea reflects their desire for a more experienced and reliable option between the posts.

The team, currently in sixth place in the Premier League with 26 points, is only a point behind fifth-placed Tottenham and seven behind leaders Arsenal. This context makes the potential acquisition of De Gea even more strategic as they aim to solidify their position in the top tier of the league.

De Gea's post-Manchester United career has been subject to various speculations, including links to Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League and interest from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Yet, none of these moves materialized, leaving the Spaniard available for a potential Premier League comeback with Newcastle.