In Focus: Newcastle United look unlikely to secure Adrian this summer

According to reports in The Sun, Newcastle United are targeting a move for West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian if they fail to sign Napoli’s Pepe Reina this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in a new first choice stopper as he believes Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Rob Elliot aren’t good enough for the job, and he has been heavily linked with Reina.

Benitez managed the 34-year-old at Liverpool and Napoli and wants to bring the Spaniard back to the Premier League, but if it isn’t possible then he will look for another keeper with a lot of Premier League experience and Adrian fits the bill.

Even though the 30-year-old only signed a new two-year deal at the London Stadium last month, it is unclear whether he will be number one under Slaven Bilic next season.

How did Adrian do this term?

It was certainly an up and down campaign for the Spaniard, who began the season between the sticks before being dropped in favour of Darren Randolph following a mistake at home to Stoke City.

However, later in the campaign Randolph started to make more errors and Adrian was reintroduced by Bilic.

The 30-year-old kept six clean sheets in 16 Premier League appearances, conceding 25 goals.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

If Benitez wants an experienced Premier League goalkeeper then there is no doubt that there aren’t many better options on the market than Adrian, and he could certainly prove to be an astute addition.

While he may have made a couple of errors, the Spaniard has shown in the past just how consistently good he can be.

Is he really going to leave West Ham?

Having reclaimed his spot in the starting line-up at the end of the season as well as signing a new two-year deal, it would be a huge surprise if Adrian left the London Stadium this summer.

The only way he could go is if the east London outfit bring in a high-profile stopper and they are said to be eyeing Manchester City’s Joe Hart, also according to The Sun.

Hart’s arrival would surely push him back down to the substitutes’ bench at best, which could mean he looks to move on.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while there is no doubt that Newcastle would be interested in Adrian if they fail to sign Reina, it seems hugely unlikely that the Spaniard will be allowed to leave this summer.