He’s Second Bottom Of Our Poll – But Report Rafa Has Bid For This 32-Year-Old International


After Rafa Benitez has brought in a winger (Murphy), right back (Manquillo), and a versatile holding midfielder (Merino), over the last 10 days or so it seems the Newcastle manager now wants to continue to strengthen the spine of the side.

There’s news in the Chronicle that Rafa wants to bring in a goalkeeper and a striker as the next players through the door to add to the five players we have already signed this summer.

Newcastle is getting some momentum in the transfer market so let’s hope we can keep it up.

32-year-old Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis

As far as goalkeeper goes he is near the bottom of our poll on goalkeepers we conducted a few weeks ago but there news in Italy from Tuttomercatoweb we have made a €4M (about £3.5M) bid to sign goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

The 42 times capped Greece International plays for Udinese and looks a very decent goalkeeper.

He’s third in our poll with 8% of the vote compared to some of the other goalkeepers we have been linked with – we think there’s no chance of getting Rafa Benitez now.

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Orestis has been at Udlines for three years since moving there from Spanish club Granada, and in the three seasons he’s played at the Italian club he’s made 110 appearances.

Karnezis was born in Athens in 1985, and he’s been an International for Greece for over five years now and made his debut back in February of 2012 in a friendly against Belgium.

Orestis Karnezis has been in great form in Italy this last season, so it’s not surprising some Premier League clubs like Watford and Crystal Palace as well as Newcastle are interested in the 6ft 3ins tall goalkeeper.

His clean handling and excellent shot-stopping make him in some demand at the moment.

For that price, he would be a decent enough buy for Newcastle and would certainly challenge for the starting position at Newcastle – assuming he wants to play in the Premier League with Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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4 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #1

    It makes sense to get some experience in goal especially as our entire defence has relatively little. As long as it’s not Adrian – no point in taking West Ham’s 2nd choice keeper.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Let’s hope Rafa knows what he is doing with these transfers because let’s be honest, some of his purchases last year were poor. The guy from dortmund sounds mint, a really smart move, but Sals was awful and so were both his full backs as they made zero impact. Sounds like the fans meeting was great with Rafa in full flow. Bobby I’m on hols soon but my nearest bookshops over here don’t have the Rafa book. Am off to try a bigger shop today ?. Is it a good read? I like martin hardy.

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  • Jimmy Waff

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Re: the GK situation I think Rafa has Freddie Woodman earmarked as the future number 1 by the he’s not quite ready yet. I like Darlow but there’s probably only room for one young GK and I’d choose Woodman’s potential over Darlow. So, it makes sense the Rafa wants to bring in an experienced keeper to challenge Elliot in the short term until Woodman is ready to step up.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe Jimmy but I reckon Elliott is good enough. We certainly need a decent striker more.

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