With the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern exciting about life back in the Premier League, they hope Rafa Benitez is able to strengthen his squad even further.
While much has been made about Benitez’s happiness at transfer dealings on Tyneside, the fact there have been moves in the market of late has at least cheered our resident Geordies up somewhat.
So, reports emanating out of Italy have proved rather interesting. According to TMW, the Magpies are keen on a move for Udinese goalkeeper, Orestis Karnezis. The Greek international is understood to have been the subject of a bid from the Toon Army, though Napoli are another said to be keen.
Capped 42 times by the Greek national side, Karnezis moved to Italy from Granada in 2014, after leaving Panathinaikos, with whom he won a league and cup double in 2010. Indeed, during his time with Granada, he produced a stunning string of saves to keep Lionel Messi and company at bay as the minnows beat Barcelona in April 2014.
Though Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot are popular figures between the sticks at St. James’ Park, it seems Benitez wants an experienced option there too and is expected to overhaul the goalkeeping department.
It’s hard to imagine the 32-year-old costing all too much and surely landing an experienced stopper at last would go some way into pleasing the Spaniard.