Some Newcastle United fans have been left feeling frustrated after Pepe Reina’s agent seemed to rule out a move to St James’ Park.
Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri set tongues wagging when he tweeted that personal terms between the Napoli goalkeeper and the Magpies had been agreed.
He added that Reina was still undecided about making the move, and now his agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has rejected rumours of a transfer.
The Chronicle reports Reina’s representative as saying that his client will stay at Napoli until the end of his contract in 2018.
Of course, that does not always mean that the deal will not come to fruition, but at the moment it looks as though Newcastle will not be unveiling the Spaniard this summer.
The speculation was strengthened by the fact that Benitez is well aware of Reina’s qualities having coached him for five years during the pair’s time together at Liverpool.
Fans have been tweeting their reaction to the latest twist.
No deal for Reina, no deal for Semedo.
No sense during silly season!#nufc
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) June 1, 2017
I would be absolutely delighted if we signed Pepe Reina, pls happen #NUFC
— James (@James_Poolio) June 1, 2017
So Reina isn't coming, yet most #nufc fans had booted Darlow and Krul out the club this morning. Poor lads.
— Richard Ostell (@richardostell) June 1, 2017
So today Semedo and Reina have been on board but also are going nowhere. This is going to be a long summer #NUFC
— Allied 3iscuit (@P3rown) June 1, 2017
— Gav King (@MyDirtyHandsUK) June 1, 2017
— ㅤ (@MagpiesRelated) June 1, 2017
I don't really know what to think about Newcastle likely signing Pepe Reina.
At least we'd have another keeper not called Matz Sels. #NUFC
— JΛY BUCKS ???????? (@TheMasterBucks) June 1, 2017
I for one am pleased Pepe Reina is staying at Napoli to see out his contract don't need him we have better goalkeepers on the books at #NUFC
— Steven Johnson ●○●○ (@GeordieLad10) June 2, 2017
Reina isn't even close to coming to #nufc… don't understand all the excitement tbh
— Swanny (@NotoriousNUFC) June 2, 2017