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Newcastle Agree Personal Terms With Pepe Reina

There’s news from Italy today that Newcastle have already agreed personal terms with Pepe Reina, whose agent is meeting with Napoli officials today about his future at the Italian club.

However, the Italian journalist Tancredri Palmeri reporting that news has also said that Reina is uncertain whether he should leave Napoli where he’s played for them for three of the last four seasons.

34 year-old Pepe Reina – personal terms agreed with Newcastle

This is the tweet Palmeri sent out earlier today:

Rafa wants his former goalkeeper at Newcastle for at least the next two seasons and with goalkeepers these days they can often go on playing until they are 40 and certainly Pepe is a top professional who has taken care of himself over a 17 year career playing 717 club games so far.

It seems that Rafa Benitez wants more experience in Newcastle’s defense and must consider Pepe a class above the four senior players already at the club – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Matz Sels.

If Pepe does arrive we expect two of those goalkeepers to be sold – probably Tim Krul and Matz Sels.

Chelsea have had an interest in signing Karl Darlow as their back up to their Belgium International goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and they have just sold their current back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.

Chelsea may now be looking to replace Begovic quickly and could turn to Karl Darlow, especially if Newcastle sign Pepe Reina.

It will be a bit of a shock to Newcastle fans if Karl Darlow leaves the club, because for the last year he’s been Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper and had a good season for us in the Championship last season and seems to be improving all the time.

He’s a popular player at the club and showed he’s got the guts to play for Newcastle.

Whether he would like to sit on the bench at Chelsea and not play much is a good question, but we think Karl is the type of player who just  loves to play every week even though he would get bigger wages at the Blues.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m surprised Essex, not spelling covfefe properly, these are the basics 🙂

    I can see the idea behind Reina being a mentor to the likes of Darlow and Woodman. I think Rafa wants to take things forward with the young lads and teach them good practice before the bad habits set like concrete. Which means I think Krul or Elliot (or both) are on their way along with Sels who obviously has blagged his way into being a goalie after being caught trying a shirt on.

  • Pootle2118

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    IMO he is better than we already have but there are other positions that need improvement far more than our keeper. Unless Rafa has managed to pick him up for peanuts and he’s on sensible wages, I think this could be a bit of a “favour for a friend” type of buy. Saying that, he would undoubtedly be beneficial in helping to improve Darlow and Woodman but I’d prefer Rafa to target our main weaknesses first. Has anyone heard any more solid info on us signing any of the 100+ players we’ve been linked with?

  • Tsunki

    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Was it really 2012 when Reina got sent off and Enrique went in for him? What a day that was. Shelvey, Carroll, Bellamy… They all had a pretty torrid time, poor Andy got bundled all over the shop that day and what were we singing to Enrique? “We’re in the top six..” wasn’t it? Hilarious day out.


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