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.