Rafa Benitez 'plotting £10m Newcastle move' for big-name goalkeeper

Rafa Benitez is plotting another move for Pepe Reina, according to a report.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 15 January, 2018, 08:52
Pepe Reina

The Napoli goalkeeper had been one of the Newcastle United manager's targets last summer.

Benitez wants to sign an experienced goalkeeper in this month's transfer window.

And The Sun report that Benitez – who missed out on Willy Caballero last summer – has told the club's hierarchy that he still wants to bring Reina to St James's Park.

Benitez previously worked with the 35-year-old Spain international at Napoli and Liverpool.

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Reina, in the final year of his deal at the Serie A club, would reportedly cost upwards of £10million.

Benitez, frustrated at the club's transfer window inaction, doesn't yet have an "exact" transfer budget, and Reina's fee – and wages – could prove to be beyond United.

The club is also looking to recruit a striker and a winger for the second half of the Premier League season.

Benitez handed Rob Elliot the No 1 jersey previously worn by Tim Krul last summer, though Karl Darlow, in goal for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Swansea City, has also played a number of Premier League games.