Newcastle United could be set to do a deal with West Ham to allow Rafa Benitez to at last land the experienced number one goalkeeper he has been desperately looking for.

After failing to sign Pepe Reina or Willy Caballero, Newcastle were then linked with Joe Hart, but he has joined the Hammers after agreeing a year long loan.

However, West Ham keeper Adrian made clear he wasn’t happy with the arrival and is set to move out, with Rafa Benitez said to be interested in his countryman.

At St James Park, Karl Darlow was priced out of a move to Middlesbrough with the Teessiders instead going for another West Ham keeper, Darren Randolph for £4.5m. An offer of £5m allegedly rejected by Newcastle for Darlow.

Now though, the Chronicle claim that their information is that a swap deal is now on the cards between West Ham and Newcastle.

With Adrian set to move to Tyneside and Karl Darlow heading to East London.

Adrian moved to London from Real Betis back in 2013 and after a settling in period, became number one for two and a half years.

Last season though he sat on the bench more (22 times) than he played, with the now departing Randolph getting the lion’s share of the number one shirt.

Clearly Joe Hart has gone to West Ham with all parties intending him to be number one, so at the age of 30 it is no surprise that Adrian is looking for first team football elsewhere.

With 106 Premier League games in the past four years, he has far more experience than Rob Elliot, who though a year older has only made 35 top tier starts.

The Spanish keeper has also got experience of playing in La Liga. If he did come to Newcastle then as expected after listening to Rafa’s comments about bringing in a new experienced number one, Adrian wold only do so if starting the season as first choice.

As for Karl Darlow, he was left out of the first team squad at Bradford, as was the case in the first friendly at Hearts.

In between those games at Preston, Rafa Benitez brought Darlow on for Rob Elliot at half-time but then bizarrely subbed him after only 25 minutes and brought on Freddie Woodman for the final 20.

As for respective valuations, if there is a deal to be done then I can’t imagine too much difference in their respective price tags. Adrian has performed at a higher level for most  of the past five years, though Darlow is four years younger at the age of 26.



  • Mike Wilson

    A good deal for Newcastle and Adrian, but where’s the advantage for West Ham, and Darlow? Apart from desiring to reward Adrian for good service, I see no benefit for West Ham, unless Darlow is satisfied being permanent understudy to Joe Hart.

    • TheNutJob

      he was going to be 2nd man here so why not go to West Ham ,chances are by kick off their squad will be superior to ours

  • GeordieZebra

    Darlow better than the distinctively average Adrian. Bizarre if it materialises.

    • Lhc🇬🇧

      Does Benitez bizarre you sometimes? He does me

      • GeordieZebra

        Got to trust him I suppose but this one specifically seems bizarre. Outsider looking in says it is a downgrade. Rafa would say ‘experience’, ‘trust’, etc, I guess.

        • Lhc🇬🇧

          Benefit of the doubt I suppose as he’s the ‘professional’ one I could never understand last season was why he played Anita right back when he’s a central mid naturally and funnily enough we released him, when we had yedlin bought for 5 mil out and out right back. But that’s gone just got to hope for the best this season but I have to say the signings have been very underwhelming so far so I’d be happy to stay up next season then season after must kick on no excuses

  • brin mcardle

    Thats sad…he is a fine young goalie

  • mentalman

    this has got to be one of the oddest transfer rumours so far, west ham’s no1 moves to the championship and his understudy becomes our no1 and in the process our best keeper then becomes an established teams back up keeper. if this happens i’ll be stumped

  • Jimblag23

    Don’t understand this one, but at least it will put an end to the constant links to all keepers.

    • Andy Mac

      You and me both Jimblag. HTF is Adrian a better keeper than either Dilsh or even TK ?

  • Stephen Paylor

    Dont want Darlow to leave. If budget is tight the last place we need to strengthen is keeper. Send Woodman on loan. Keep Darlow krul and Elliot to battle for starts. See how Krul does and offer new contract if it makes sense. Sell 1 next summer and replace with Woodman.

  • Lhc🇬🇧

    Another top quality addition here, another major cog in this ‘rafalution’ 🤥

  • Steve Pearce

    I honestly doubt that Darlow will be physically able to withstand top Premiership strikers and attacking midfielders. We didn’t move for Joe Hart as his shampoo bill would have broken the bank and Rafa will know Adrian quite well, so this looks like a good deal.

    • Lhc🇬🇧

      Honestly man what has this club become with ‘this looks like a good deal’ you’ve been brainwashed by the regime.

  • rickyd

    erm has MIKE FATSHLEY or PENFOLD even bothered looking at TRANSFERMARKT to see if this is a good deal or not? It’s as though CARR and the ADVERTISING are working for S***** D******. Meanwhile the SISSOKO MONEY proves the so-called ‘rafulation’ is just an excuse to sell cheap tat!

    • Leazes Ender

      .. Are you cracking up yet?