Newcastle United are claimed to have made an approach to take on Kiko Casilla as their first choice goalkeeper.
Since arriving from Espanyol for £5m in summer 2015 he has been Real Madrid’s number two goalkeeper.
He has had nine La Liga starts this season but that was when first choice Keylor Navas was out injured.
With the imminent arrival of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao this month, it will push Kiko Casilla even off the bench and down to third choice.
Don Balon report that Newcastle have made an approach for the goalkeeper but that they face competition from Deportivo la Coruna.
Rafa Benitez did work with Kiko Casilla when the pair were together but Rafa only gave him two La Liga starts in his brief spell at the club in the 2015/16 season.
Meanwhile, Marca also report Newcastle’s interest in the 31 year old Real Madrid goalkeeper but they add that the Spanish club are happy to smooth the way for Casilla to leave.
They claim that Newcastle’s approach last summer was knocked back as Real Madrid insisted he stayed as back-up keeper for this season.
In return for him having stayed until now, Marca say that in return they will help as much as possible to get the deal done this time.
Rafa Benitez made a number of moves in the summer for a new experienced first choice goalkeeper but was left with only a choice of his keepers from the Championship season.
Tim Krul leaving the club permanently whilst Matz Sels went out on loan to Anderlecht for the season.
Rafa started with Rob Elliot in goal before being forced to drop him after some poor performances, Karl Darlow then doing ok initially before then being dropped himself.
Rob Elliot came back in only to be injured in the Manchester City match, with Karl Darlow back in and keeping two clean sheets as Newcastle have drawn with Brighton and beaten Stoke.
Both Darlow and Elliot are capable at times but neither have the quality to be first choice and playing week in week out.
Whilst obviously we are all desperate to see more creativity and goal threat arrive at Newcastle this month, I find it inconceivable that Rafa won’t bring in a new first choice keeper, whether it is Kiko Casilla or whoever.