Newcastle United have been linked with any number of experienced goalkeepers.

Willy Caballero has joined Chelsea despite Newcastle allegedly making an approach, whilst it appears there was definite interest from Rafa Benitez in reuniting with former Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

Despite it now looking likely Reina will stay with Napoli, reports today insist that Rafa is determined to bring in a new number one, with Rob Elliot almost certainly being the one to stay and be on the bench as next best.

Newcastle United’s official media partner The Mirror, say that their information is that the club will definitely bring in that new experienced keeper – whoever that may be, with Karl Darlow now up for sale to any interested clubs. Tim Krul also looking set to move on, with only one year left on his current deal.

Joe Hart is the latest to be linked with Newcastle but after a loan approach was made by Newcastle, Manchester City are said to be insisting on the unwanted keeper being sold not loaned this summer, meaning Newcastle could/would be allegedly priced out.

All the talk has been about who is going to come into St James Park and the eventual capture on Tuesday of Florian Lejeune, will give fans hope that the next signing won’t be far away as well.

However, the club’s official media partner say that they have been told that Rafa Benitez has also been working on new long-term deals for certain players.

The result of that work is that the two players who started most matches for Newcastle in the Championship, are to be handed new improved five year deals.

The Mirror say that the deals are now set to be announced in the coming days, with Paul Dummett (44 league starts last season) and Jamaal Lascelles (41 starts) being the recipients of five year contracts on better terms.

With Achraf Lazaar and Grant Hanley looking for new clubs, the arrival of Florian Lejeune will almost certainly guarantee Chancel Mbemba also departs, with Rafa Benitez having shown no faith in the DR Congo defender in the second tier.

At the end of the season it emerged that Jamaal Lascelles had played for some five months carrying a groin injury which impaired his game, yet Rafa chose to still ignore Mbemba and continued to play his captain instead.

  • Toonarden

    A 5 year deal for a distinctly less than average left back does not fill me with confidence for this season. I’ll be excited once we sign Bakambu, Demerai Gray, Gibbs and Boudebouz. Unfortunately it ain’t gonna happen!

    • MadMag83

      Gibbs isn’t much better….

      • Toonarden

        But he IS better than Dummett.

  • Alex

    I fully accept his limitations, but I think the lad Dummett gets a bit too much grief from fans about his performances.

    Nevertheless, he is never going to be a player where other clubs are banging on our door asking about buying him. Due to that, I can’t understand why the club is, apparently, dishing out a 5-year contract to him.

    • mentalman

      we could easily sell him to a number of PL teams and championship teams so why risk him running his contract down

    • Wor Lass

      I think west Brom were quite keen to sign him last season.

  • Burt Humperdink

    Don’t care what anyone says you need players like Dummett in your squad. He is better than most ppl give him credit for considering he is actually a centre back who got asked to play full back. He was a part of the defence that finished 10th 3 seasons ago and we would take that now as our league finish for the coming season. We can still sign another left back as you should really have 2 first team players in each position.

    • 1957

      Dummett is a left back who was asked to play as a CB during the time of Pardew the idea he could develop into a CB was a quote from Geordie John. Whenever I saw him playing for us below 1st team level he played LB and n his time in Scotland he was a LB or occasional left side midfield.

      He would never be a top level performer in either position for me but he is probably worth keeping as a squad player, I suspect the 5 year deal is designed to maximise his sell on value if someone wants to buy him.

  • Wor Monga

    Dummett and Lascelles are players that Rafa trusts, and he knows players, and likes the ones that he can trust best of all…that’s it in a nutshell, really EOS…and anybody who doesn’t agree with his decisions obviously doesn’t trust Rafa…simple as that!!!

    • East Durham Mag

      He’s been a good servant to the club and is adaptable. You,Bert and Alex are right he has had too much undeserved criticism from people.

  • MadMag83

    Reading are said to be after Darlow.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Hoy Riviere in as a sweetner

    • brin mcardle

      Why why why are we selling Darlow…cracking goalie and saved us time and again last season and young ??

      • Lord

        And English / home grown. Agree, nuts to sell him.

      • Albert Stubbins

        agreed – and will only get better. Yes he made a few mistakes but more than made up for them- he made some truly miraculous saves last season in my opinion.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Dummy`s steady as a rock, not spectacular but reliable, Lascelles at premiership level is about average, both are 100% committed to the cloob so they fully deserve better terms.
    Viva la Rafalution

  • wheyayeman

    Dummett is a decent and dependable versatile defender with a good attitude and most PL squads would welcome him – ideally we are strong enough that he isn’t first choice on the team sheet each week but he is a welcome long term addition to the squad. Haters gonna hate but I’m pleased he’s committing his future to the club.

  • Paul Patterson

    Put simply there are other areas that need strengthening first. How much would it cost to improve on him? Probably at least £15m

  • Mike

    not sure if they are prem quality. but hey ho let me proved wrong