In Focus: Newcastle need an answer from Reina sooner rather than later

According to reports in the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle United have been boosted in their attempts to bring Pepe Reina to St James’ Park after his agent hinted he could be ready to make a Premier League return.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is keen to sign a new goalkeeper this summer as according to the Newcastle Chronicle earlier this month, he doesn’t feel the likes of Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Tim Krul are up to the task of being the number one choice in the Premier League next season. and the Spaniard has been linked with Reina.

Benitez has been linked with Reina, who he signed during previous spells at Liverpool and Napoli, and he is hopeful of bringing the 34-year-old back to England.

He has been given a boost after Reina’s agent Manuel Garcia Quillon refused to rule out a return to the Premier League.

What did he say?

He told Italian media outlet Calciomercato, via Football Italia: “In Italy there’s only Napoli.

“The Premier League? We’re talking about an important player who a lot of teams would like, but his priority is to stay with Napoli.

“Is a renewal impossible? I don’t know, we discussed it but for now we haven’t moved forward.”

So he is likely to stay at Napoli?

If he is handed a new contract then it seems likely he will stay, yes.

However, if he isn’t offered a new deal it would increase his chances of moving back to the Premier League after he ruled out joining another Italian side.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He would.

Benitez will be looking for experienced players to help some of those in the squad that may not have played in the Premier League before, and Reina fits that criteria.

The 34-year-old has a wealth of knowledge in the Premier League and on the European stage, and his presence between the sticks could easily be the difference on whether Newcastle find themselves in a relegation battle or not.

Can Newcastle afford to wait?

No, perhaps not.

Benitez will certainly want his new number one in place before pre-season starts next month, in order to make sure the side is settled and has the best preparation ahead of a huge Premier League campaign.

The Spaniard will of course have alternative targets, but if the Reina saga rumbles on much longer with no solution then he may have to turn his attentions elsewhere.