Report – Rafa Puts The Record Straight On His Former Player

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo is reporting today the Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez does not intend to sign his former goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Napoli this month.

Rafa is trying desperately to bring in four players during this transfer window with one of the players being a goalkeeper, and he has yet to have his first success although we seem close in bringing in Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare.

Rafa was after Reina in the summer but failed to bring the goalkeeper into Newcastle.

Rafa wants more experience in the team and thought that Reina would be the perfect player last summer – but it didn’t happen,

Benitez also wanted to sign free agent goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Manchester City and West Ham goalkeeper Adrian but was not successful in getting either.

Pepe Reina – Rafa not interested in him this month

In Mundo Deportivo’s article, Benitez is quoted as stating that he has a “strong bond” with Reina but that he has “no intention” of signing the goalkeeper this month.

Here is an extract from the Mundo Deportivo report which says Rafa has a magnificent relationship with the Napoli goalkeeper:

“Rumors said Rafa Benitez wanted to work the miracle and sign Pepe Reina for Newcastle United.”

“However, there was talk that the deal, non-existent in the end, seemed impossible since Reina is a key piece for coach Maurizio Sarrithe – at least for the remainder of the season.”

The latest we have on getting a goalkeeper in is we have enquired about Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Newcastle want to take him on loan this month.

But Sparta Prague want assurances from Newcastle they will sign him full time this summer, whereas Newcastle only want an option to buy Dubravka this summer, dependent on him doing well on loan.

Obviously, if Newcastle do sign Dubravka any chance of signing Pepe Reina at Newcastle would be gone.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • rozehnal

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Should have a look at getting Ben Arfa back. Worth a gamble I’m sure he is a free to move now.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we will sign players but it probably won’t be till the last week of the window as everyone gets desperate clubs , players, agents everyone will want a move for the World cup coming up!

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #3

    You have to laugh at some of the rumours.Lascalles valued at 6-3 Million according to the transfer tavern.They must have been on the hoy

  • lochinvar

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    On the face of it enquiring about getting Souare on loan as second choice to Kennedy who presumably is off limits and not going after Reina hardly signals that we’re tearing up the track on the transfers. Let’s just hope that we have a strategy and that Charnley and Rafa are able to deliver the much needed addition of experienced players and fire power that we need.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Ok this is getting out of hand now i really think 75% of fans think the takeover will not happen now ashleys had us over angain the fans dont want to empty the ground on match day rite i understand nufc is in our blood but what about boycotting buying anything in the ground likes food drinks programmes even put your bet on outside and also the club shop it will cost in staff and food and drink left untoched.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    I suppose in a way this transfer window we could still end up with the players we are being linked to

    Only Tosun has moved and Walcott looks like joining Everton as well every other player we may fancy is still available!

    Would love us to go for Schurrle he is looking for game time would be perfect can play left wing , right wing or up front he is available for loan so could be a shout!

    Kennedy I still think will sign and he could play on the wing or attacking midfield on loan

    Slimani would still be my choice of striker would be perfect for the system we play

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Should have a look at getting Ben Arfa back

    There’s one every week

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Atsu was only signed last summer, and I think you’ll find that a player can only change clubs once a season…

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Walcott having medical now 20 million to everyon

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Walcott having medical now 20 million to Everton haha

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Jan 16, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Is this a “I’m still the Guvnor.” sanction.


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