Newcastle United have initiated contact with Bayern Munich goalkeeper Alexander Nübel ahead of a potential surprise move for him.

That’s according to SportBILD, who say Newcastle and AS Roma have tried their luck with the current VfB Stuttgart loanee.

The newspaper today covers how the German giants are planning for a life without Manuel Neuer, who could retire next summer when his contract comes to an end.

They explain that the obvious replacement for him is Nübel and the club would like to extend his deal long-term, with the plan to sign that then leave him out on loan somewhere, perhaps Stuttgart again, to gain experience and mature.

Whether he is open to that, though, is up for debate, having had a taste of first-team football with surprise package Stuttgart this season.

He feels home at the club and has earned himself admirers outside of Germany too, with Newcastle and Roma having ‘recently contacted him’ about a potential move.

Both sides seem to simply be trying their luck at this point and not pushing anything serious, but the interest is there, and contact has been made nonetheless.