Time for Newcastle United to focus on other targets as Reina deal is scrapped

Pepe Reina’s agent has rubbished talk of a move to Newcastle United by insisting that the goalkeeper will remain at Napoli until 2018, reports the Chronicle.

What’s the word?

Earlier this week, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted that the Spanish shot-stopper had agreed personal terms with the newly-promoted Premier League club.

Rafael Benitez is shaping his squad for the new season after guiding the club to promotion at the first time of asking, and it appeared as though he was going after one of his former players.

Reina worked with his countryman across a five-year spell at Liverpool, and since leaving Anfield in 2014, the keeper has played for Bayern Munich and Napoli.

According to the player’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon, Newcastle will not be completing a deal this summer.

The Chronicle quotes Quilon as saying:

“Pepe will stay at Napoli until the end of his contract. Certain issues have nothing to do with what happens on the pitch and do not interest us. He is staying at Napoli until 2018.”

Is it dead in the water?

We all know that transfers in the world of football can change on a daily basis, so until the deadline passes, never say never.

However, on this occasion, the Magpies should put their focus into other targets.

It does not appear that Reina is in desperate need to leave Napoli and it is uncertain whether he would be persuaded to join a club that could be battling relegation in the Premier League.

Also, Newcastle have a group of goalkeepers capable of coping with the demands of the top flight.

Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Tim Krul are all contenders for the number one spot, while Matz Sels is also at the club, but is expected to leave on loan this summer.

If Reina is unwilling to budge, then it is best for Benitez to take his focus elsewhere.