Charlton reject Newcastle United bid for Rob Elliot

Rob Elliot
Elliot has made 108 appearances for the club since his debut in 2008

Charlton Athletic have rejected a bid from Newcastle United for goalkeeper Rob Elliot and have reported the Magpies to the Premier League.

Charlton chief executive Stephen Kavanagh claims Newcastle's offer of £100,000 was rejected on Wednesday.

However, the Addicks say Newcastle broke their promise when manager Alan Pardew made their bid public.

Kavanagh said: "It's disappointing Alan Pardew decided to make public [the bid] despite assurances to the contrary."

He told the Charlton website: "The offer was rejected within minutes, and Newcastle then confirmed they no longer had an interest in the player."

Following Fraser Forster's loan move to Celtic, Pardew only has Netherlands international Tim Krul and Steve Harper as his two senior goalkeepers.

"Once Fraser was completed, we started looking for another goalie," Pardew told BBC Newcastle on Wednesday.

"We have enquired about Rob Elliot, and we've put a bid in there."

The 25-year-old has made 108 appearances for Charlton since making his debut at Plymouth in April 2008, and has also spent time on loan at Notts County and Accrington.

Meanwhile Forster's exit means Krul and Harper will again go head-to-head for the goalkeeper position at Newcastle, with the former earning the manager's trust for the opening game of the season against Arsenal.

However Pardew is keen to stress that both keepers will play a role at St James' Park this season.

"I've said to Tim - 'don't be shouting out that you're number one yet. You've got the jersey, well done, because you had a good pre-season and a good summer with the Dutch team, it's your opportunity'," Pardew continued.

"It doesn't mean to say he's the number one goalkeeper yet, he's got to keep proving it, and in the background we have Steve Harper."

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