West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian is reported to want first team football, so he has some chance of being the third goalkeeper in the Spanish squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
Ever since Joe Hart arrived on loan from Manchester City, Adrian has been kept out of the first team, and that’s not good for a goalkeeper who wants to play football every week.
Newcastle were linked with a move for him last summer, but it seems Rafa was more keen on Willy Caballero who was a free agent after seeing out his contract at Manchester City.
But Willy wanted to join Chelsea which he did and has been warming the bench this season with Thibaut Courtois in goal for the Blues.
Adrian – West Ham goalkeeper wants to play
Rafa was always interested this summer in trying to sign his former goalkeeper at Liverpool – Pepe Reina from Napoli – but we couldn’t get him to the club.
Rafa wants to bring in an experienced commanding goalkeeper, and Adrian is therefore available in January, so it will be interesting to see if he tries to sign the 30-year-old Spanish goalkeeper at that time.
Mike Ashley is trying to sell the club before the end of the year, and if he manages to do that, then Rafa should have some significant funds to improve the squad in January.
It’s likely he will try to sign several new players in January if we do have new owners.
While the goal already is to finish as high up as possible in the league table, Rafa could be given the mini-challenge of somehow getting Newcastle into the top six by May.
It would be very tough to break into the top six, but that’s why we need to keep picking up wins right now as investors seem to be interested in buying Newcastle before the end of the year.
This is what Adrian told Radio Marca as reported in the Evening Standard:
“The coach is not giving me much ball this year, but the data is there. It only remains to fight,” “The possibility to play for the national team disappears when you are not playing.”
“The market will be reopened in January and an agreement must be reached because I am not happy in this situation.”
“Try other leagues? I would not mind. I want to enjoy every Sunday (how about Saturday?) and that is achieved by playing.”
Rafa could wait to sign 35-year-old Pepe Reina next summer when he will become a free agent, and although we’ll not be in the Champions League by then, he may still be tempted by the “Newcastle project” that Rafa is overseeing at the club
That’s only if we have new ambitious owners by then.
And yes, we know it’s an assumption we will not be in the Champions League by then.
Pepe could come in and do a job for Newcastle both on and off the pitch and could help to groom young Freddie Woodman, who looks like a star of the future.
Freddie could become the first team goalkeeper in a short two or three years at Newcastle.
Next season we will definitely try to make the top four in the league with new owners in charge.
It will be interesting to see what Rafa does in the transfer market if he is given some big money to spend in January.