Liverpool

Benitez closes in on World Cup winner as shock marquee Newcastle signing

Alvaro Arbeloa

Despite seeing their side relegated from the Premier League this season, the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are remarkably chipper. 

With Rafa Benitez firmly installed at the helm, the Magpies finally have a manager to shout about, one they believe can mastermind their return to the Premier League.

Now, the Toon Army have been driven positively barmy by reports in the Daily Mail that the Spaniard could mark his first summer in charge by signing a World Cup winner.

Alvaro Arbeola, recently released from Champions League winners Real Madrid, is thought to have been mooted as a potential target for the North East giants by those inside the club.

Able to operate at either full-back or centre-half, the 33-year old would potentially go some in replacing the recently released Steven Taylor AND Daryl Janmaat, who is continually linked with moves away.

Benitez originally signed the defender while in charge of Liverpool back in 2009 and worked with him earlier last season while both were employed by Los Blancos. 

Will Benitez win the Championship at a canter next season? 

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