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.
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?