The Spaniard has failed to sign a deal with any club after parting ways with Manchester United, but Nick Pope's injury could see him return to the Premier League soon.

The possibility of watching David De Gea back with a Premier League club is closer than ever, as recent reports state that the former Spanish international could be replacing Nick Pope at Newcastle this winter.

The English shot-stopper has come down with a shoulder injury that may keep him out of the pitch for the next five months, and with Newcastle possibly being involved in European football, the team's hierarchy seem determined to hire a goalie to boost their options under the sticks. With that in mind, De Gea seems in line to join the Magpies, where Martin Dubravka has taken over Pope with unsatisfying results.

Now, reports from Spain and from the Daily Mail state that Newcastle will be inclined to sign De Gea for the second half of the season, where the team will fight for a spot in next year's UEFA Champions League. The main thing to sort out will be the player's wage, something that got in the way between the shot-stopper and Manchester United.

As things stand, it seems that the 33-year-old is a good fit for Newcastle, but only time will tell if Eddie Howe and his bosses decide to hire him for the remainder of the season...and if De Gea is willing to cut his wage demands so they fit Newcastle's budget. Either way, it seems that this week's Champions League fixture could be key for De Gea's decision, especially if the Magpies can qualify to the next round.