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Report – Future To Be Sorted Out Imminently For Newcastle Target

Tuttomercatoweb.com in Italy are reporting today that the future of Pepe Reina could be decided today or early next week, as the saga on whether he will stay at Napoli has dragged on over several weeks now.

Rafa made it clear late last season that he rates Pepe Reina very highly and the experienced goalkeeper was always a positive voice of leadership in and out of the dressing room while he was at Liverpool for almost 10 years.

The report from Italy is that there is still no agreement on a new contract for Reina and that a decision over the goalkeeper’s future will be made imminently because Napoli are tired of the delay for a new contract to be worked out.

34 year-old Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina

If Pepe does not sign a new deal then he could leave and Napoli will want plenty of time to be able to bring in a new first team goalkeeper to the club for next season so it appears that push has come to shove at Napoli for Reina.

And as far as Newcastle are concerned, Rafa does seem to want to bring in a new experienced goalkeeper this summer, so it would help if we knew one way or the other whether Reina was staying in Italy or could move.

Newcastle are definitely keeping an eye on what is happening in Naples and if Pepe decides he cannot stay then Rafa could move in and sign his former Liverpool goalkeeper for Newcastle.

Certainly there doesn’t seem to be any certainty on what will happen with the 35 times capped Spanish International goalkeeper.

With pre-season training starting a week on Monday, Rafa will want to bring in a few players before that time with Newcastle so far having signed only one player this summer – when we made Christian Atsu’s loan deal from Chelsea permanent.

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe part of the grand plan is to sign a highly recognised player such as Reina and then that starts the domino effect of other players recognising that Newcastle are ambitious and will follow.
    Cunning Rafa


    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Would like this to be sorted soon but I dont see it happening tbh we want him but not to pay much for him, he wants to come (to get a longer contract), his family want to stay, Napoli want him to stay but not for very long, his agent wants money and there is a fresh fall out between him and the owner every day….it’ll drag unless Napoli give him the contract length he wants imo

  • Our Toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Makes no sense at all that this guy seems to be our main target. An almost washed up keeper who’s best days are well behind him.

  • ToonHamster

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m really looking forward to this team:
    Gibbs Lejeune Smalling Zeegelaar
    Samaris Delph Leiva Jota

    But, I must admit, I doubt whether it will be better than our 2013 buys:
    Chedjou Kouyate N’Koulou Bridge
    Ince Hughes Spearing Langil

  • ToonHamster

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I still can’t believe we let Steeven Langil go…


    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Our Toon
    Hes 34 and is the starting keeper for a good quality Italian club who play CL football, also by all accounts very much a leader behind the scenes

  • toontaff2

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    We must be up to 120+ linked players by now! Maybe RAFA should just put all the names in a hat and let Penfold pick a few out? 💡

  • toontaff2

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Hibbitt, from earlier, Lascalles is apparently back at Benton, training, so the new signings can gel with him! 😮

  • hibbit

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Our Toon
    “washed up keeper” give ya head a shake lad .you might not like/rate him but washup is a bit of a stretch of even your imagination
    he might be our main goalkeeper target but nowhere have i read/seen he is our main target for this window

  • JohnJ

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    OK……. I believe Pepe Reina is a good keeper but we have good keepers already at NUFC I can only assume that if Reina is brought in to Newcastle it’s because of his leadership abilities?

    Any one know what is happening regarding Andros Townshend? It all seems to have gone very quiet on that front! At least we know what he is capable off on a football pitch – I hope we can get him back in and playing for Newcastle United.


    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Reina is better than the keepers we have mate numbers dont mean quality and the plan by all accounts is for Woodman to take over within 3 years so Reina would cover at least that length of time as well as offer huge amounts of experience to him

    Townsend I doubt will happen now Palace are still managerless so once they come in they will take a look at him and either want to keep him or look to sell him but for a price out of our range Id imagine…good thing Rafa was ignored in January eh it’d of been a shame to have 2 quality wingers already in the team

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Our toon

    washed up at 34!! that’s relatively still young for a keeper and the leadership and experience he would bring would be invaluable. Plus he’s just had a great season. rafa is ruthless and doesn’t do sentiment.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Here we go again on this roundabout it’s getting a bit silly now lads.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Hibbit, rotonda, wwsbrd

    Read what I wrote again please and let’s not distort things. The comment I made was an “almost washed up keeper”….not a washed up keeper as you 3 put it.

    As for main target it certainly seems that way, the goalkeeping department is probably the last position we need to strengthen given the numbers we currently. Plenty of other areas in the squad that need improving well before this.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Reina is still really good at releasing the ball quickly upfield and accurately, the rest of his game is not quite where it was a few years back

  • Our Toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    We still lack serious creativity in the side, other than Shelvey who at times goes a little to Hollywood in his passing, we don’t have another player that can make things happen. Especially in the no10 position, the areas I believe need to be looked at well before a keeper are

    Full backs (rb, lb)
    Wingers (lw, rw)

    That’s the 8 we need in my opinion

  • Our Toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17


    Apologies you never put washed up keeper when replying.

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    A bit off the topic, but well done to the England under 21’s…..
    However how does the semis work? There are 3 groups allowing the winners to advance to the semis and the best 2nd place finisher. But is it then a random draw? I have seen no indication in the press……
    Anybody know?


    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Our Toon
    Age isnt really a huge issue with keepers its an experience based position really rather than youth, if we sign him on a 3 year deal he will probably be our starting keeper for atleast 2 of those and often enough in the last while Woody learns the trade from him rather than Darlow (who Rafa doesnt seem to rate too highly) and Elliott (a man happy to take a back seat for his career and isnt really very good at anything) and no one knows whats going on with Krul

    The squad has other holes but doesnt mean we cant look to improve in as many of them as possible and when a cheap experienced quality goalkeeper who has a very good relationship with Rafa and is a fantastic attitude to have around becomes available it’d be daft to ignore it

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Reina is for this season and next with idea of bringing along our star in waiting. Keepers tend to follow the style of who they are understudy to. Look at the Liverpool keepers who followed Bruce grobellar (however you spell it). They were all vocal shot stoppers but shit at dealing with crosses. Id take reina 100% but I fear he will just get his better deal. It’s all hand bags in Italy.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Wws- spot on

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #22

    It seems like ages ago and I was quite drunk afterwards but was it Reina who got sent off to give us the pleasure of Enrique in goal, the atmospheric that day got the better of me..

    Im surprised as many people kicked off about welsh yesterday, im not defending him but that post was no different to thousands of others hes posted, different content but the same sort of BS, total wum.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Hahahaha remember lads don’t believe everything you read.

  • hibbit

    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    i used to like reading the odd ITK post but none of that now

  • jazzyp

    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25


    All fabrication bud. Don’t believe anything pal

  • Our Toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26


    I know keepers can play alot longer than outfield players, and I understand the reasons why some want Reina. My issue with this is that we have been told we want between 6 to 8 players to add to the squad from this window so with that in mind the last position I want us to target is a goalkeeper who is coming to the latter part of his career.

    We have so many weaknesses in other areas that should be property rather than a keeper so woodman can learn off him and he can give us a couple of years service.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    For me a top vocal keeper is only 2nd to a top striker. Building from the back is something we’ve never done since keegan (his back line was underrated imho).
    We have good keepers and a great upcoming talent in Woodman but we need leaders and someone great for him to learn from. Reina is perfect for that.

    As for how many we need. 8 players would be first xi players in my opinion not squad players. I’d agree with that plus 3 or 4 squad players if rafa intends to be bullet proof which given his thorough nature I’d say he does.

    The only certain startera we have are Ritchie and shelvey after that everyone’s place is up for grabs. That the kind of competition for places that breeds success.

    In rafa I trust. He will deliver. It’s starting with Lejeune.

  • nightfa11

    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #28

    reina would be great

    1. hes still a great keeper
    2. him coming here will attract other big names
    3. winning mentality
    4. everyone says hes a great leader on and off the pitch (lets face it, we dont really have a captain)


    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon
    Mate Rafa will be after as many players as the budget will stretch too so we have no idea how many players we are looking to bring in…I really dont see how u can be against a quality player for a low amount, I doubt 2-4 mill will stop Rafa from building the squad he wants to build wages maybe but we should have a big pot of money for that as well Sels and Anitas wages would probably cover anything Reina will be after

    As for Woodman Renia could be the difference between our keeper for 10-15 years or released and playing in league 1 in 3

  • YoungMag :P

    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m a lot more confident now Carr is gone. All the players we get now are definitely Rafa’ targets.

  • Belfast

    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Nah not for me.

    It would be a massive kick in the balls for Darlow, Elliott and Woodman. Plus We don’t need a goalkeeper.

    We’re probably just being used by him to get a longer more lucrative contract from Napoli to be honest.

  • Kebabacus

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Reina – nope. I was living in Madrid during his spectacular decline. Goalkeeper is the last area we should be wasting time looking at.

  • martoon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I don’t understand why Rafa gave Elliot a new contract if he doesn’t think he’s good enough!

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #34

    People need to read our toon comment properly before getting on his back it’s ok apologizing after the fact.

  • toon kk

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #35

    While Reina would be a good signing IF we needed a goalkeeper, and if he comes fair enough but as Our toon pointed out the rest of our team has to be a priority, we need some real quality through the door we’re a long way behind every other premier league club apart from Huddersfield and Brighton.
    I’m sure Rafa will know what’s required and new players will be coming in soon.

  • YoungMag :P

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Aarons could be great for us next season as long as he doesn’t get injured. I’m looking forward to seeing him in pre-season.

  • cjtoon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Agreed YoungMag he’s had some shit luck with injuries but the talent is definitely there – could be an absolute star if he can get a full season under his belt. I think Perez will get back to his best this season too, he is more suited to the premier league.

  • hibbit

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38


    don’t think anyone got on his back
    just didn’t agree with his point that’s what the blogs about

  • expatmag

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #39


    From a couple of threads ago.

    I reckon the £41m parachute payment plus any transfer profit plus the £30m loan from Ashley went towards players and coaching staff salaries.

    Thhs would leave very little or no funds avsilabke for teansfers this summer assuming Ashley usnt prepared to fork out again.

  • YoungMag :P

    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe he’s why we haven’t signed any of the wingers that we have been linked with?


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