Newcastle United are absolutely desperate to sign a new goalkeeper this month.
Neither Rob Elliot nor Karl Darlow has seriously impressed between the sticks this season, and it is not a surprise that head coach Rafael Benitez wants a new number one.
Slovakian international Martin Dubravka is the latest name being linked with a move to St James’ Park, but it is thought that Benitez’s leading target could be Napoli stopper Pepe Reina.
Reina might be 35, but he has plenty of experience when it comes to Premier League football, and might well relish the chance to link up with Benitez once again.
The Spaniard, who is valued at £1.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is still the number one with his Italian club, however, which would surely make any deal very complicated for Newcastle.
The news has been filtering around social media over the last 48 hours or so, and Newcastle fans have now had their say on the reported interest.
It would be fair to say that not many are taking the reports seriously due to the current uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the club.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be found below:
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) January 14, 2018
— ⚫⚪TooNaRMY⚪⚫ (@RAFALUTION86) January 14, 2018
Where do these “links” come from? I find it hard to believe that ANYTHING is happening as far as transfers go
— Drew Nichter (@drw5) January 14, 2018
Think its pretty obvious now we're not signing anyone.
Lets just get behind the team and cross our fingers. #hoperatherthanexpecting
— Griffiths13 (@rjg130210) January 14, 2018
Bla bla bla bla
— Dave Heron ? (@DavidHeron17) January 14, 2018
Not sure you publish links, we all know nothing happening #nufc
— Garry Cooney (@Garry_Cooney) January 14, 2018
Is he on a free and willing to play for a fish supper?
— Moggy (@moggy45) January 14, 2018
Can he play up front?
— DT (@DTMarkets) January 14, 2018
Total non story. He is Napoli’s number 1. We certainly wouldn’t even consider his wages either.
— Sean (@sean597_sean) January 14, 2018
Ughhh stop it now.
— Joshua Chapman (@Chaperman) January 14, 2018